Date of Award

1-1-2012

Document Type

Campus Access Thesis

Department

Moore School of Business

Sub-Department

Economics

First Advisor

John Gordanier

Second Advisor

John Dermott

Abstract

This paper adds to the theoretical literature regarding the early development of effective property rights by integrating an analytical model of migration into a conflict model of property appropriation from a common pool resource. Anthropological observations are used to motivate the development of the theory. The model suggests that incentives to migrate will result in expenditures on enforcement of insecure claims to the resource that are lower than previously indicated. Further, migration may encourage village fission, preventing population density from reaching levels necessary to encourage intensification of land use and formation of effective property rights.

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