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Consequences of Social and Resource Heterogeneity in Endogenous Institutions

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dc.contributor.author Tagliapietra, Claudio
dc.date.accessioned 2013-01-03T17:56:21Z
dc.date.available 2013-01-03T17:56:21Z
dc.date.issued 2012 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/8623
dc.description.abstract "This paper examines the consequences of within-group societal and resource heterogeneity on private order institutions for the management of the commons. The hypothesis tested is that heterogeneity increases the costs of social contracting for defining and enforcing property rights, thereby affecting the process of institutional design and its stability. To test this hypothesis, I exploit the diversity exhibited by 159 self-governing communities that wrote and voted on community bylaws to manage their common resources in the Italian Alps during 1245-1801. Several proxies of institutional complexity are developed, based on a rich body of community bylaws: statistical analyses are conducted on a sample of 8,994 coded bylaws articles and data concerning 7,765 attendees in 260 legislative assemblies. The two measures of heterogeneity employed are the diversity of surnames in the group of those who vote and directly benefit from the legislation, and the diversity of communities in terms of natural resources. After controlling for group size, it is found that both surname and resource fractionalization had an impact on the design and stability of institutions. In larger groups a weaker stability of institutions is also found, as they struggled more to reach a wide consensus." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.subject heterogeneity en_US
dc.subject institutions en_US
dc.subject management en_US
dc.title Consequences of Social and Resource Heterogeneity in Endogenous Institutions en_US
dc.type Conference Paper en_US
dc.type.published unpublished en_US
dc.type.methodology Case Study en_US
dc.subject.sector Social Organization en_US
dc.identifier.citationconference Design and Dynamics of Institutions for Collective Action: A Tribute to Prof. Elinor Ostrom, Second Thematic Conference of the IASC en_US
dc.identifier.citationconfdates 29 November - 1 December en_US
dc.identifier.citationconfloc Utrecht University, Utrecht, the Netherlands en_US

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