Americans Elinor Ostrom and Oliver Williamson won the Nobel economics prize on Monday for their work in economic governance. Ostrom was the first woman to win the prize since it was founded in 1968, and the fifth woman to win a Nobel award this year — a Nobel record. The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences cited Ostrom “for her analysis of economic governance,” saying her work had demonstrated how common property can be successfully managed by groups using it.
Here is an example of Ostrom’s “economic” views:
Common property regimes typically function at a local level to prevent the overexploitation of a resource system from which fringe units can be extracted. There are no examples of common property regimes which solve problems of overuse on a larger scale, such as air pollution. In some cases, government regulations combined with tradable environmental allowances (TEAs) are used successfully to prevent excessive pollution, whereas in other cases — especially in the absence of a unique government being able to set limits and monitor economic activities — excessive use or pollution continue.
MEMO TO ELINOR OSTROM: Download a free PDF copy of Hans Hoppe’s Economics and Ethics of Private Property.
6:01 am on October 12, 2009 Email David Kramer