Property-rights regimes and natural resources: a conceptual analysis

E. Schlager, E. Ostrom

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The term "common-property resource' is an example of a term repeatedly used to refer to property owned by a government or by no one. It is also used for property owned by a community of resource users. Such usage leads to confusion in scientific study and policy analysis. In this paper we develop a conceptual schema for arraying property-rights regimes that distinguishes among diverse bundles of rights ranging from authorized user, to claimant, to proprietor, and to owner. We apply this conceptual schema to analyze findings from a variety of empirical settings including the Maine lobster industry. -Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)249-262
Number of pages14
JournalLand Economics
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
  • Economics and Econometrics


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