Date of Award
Campus Access Thesis
Moore School of Business
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.
Dennis, J. W.(2012). Fight Or Flight: Migration and Conflict Over A Common Pool Resource. (Master's thesis). Retrieved from http://scholarcommons.sc.edu/etd/910