Property rights and collective action in natural resources with application to Mexico
June 4-7, 2007
Casa de California
Taught by Gordon Rausser and Camille Antinori
Course description and objectives:
Control and access to natural resources is often a product of and a determinant of wealth, income and well-being. Changing ownership and access rights to natural resources can therefore have significant implications for stakeholders. However, the mechanisms through which these processes work are complex and multidimensional.
An extensive but disjointed literature exists which bears on these issues. The aim of this course is bring together the most relevant of these works to illustrate linkages and the gaps which remain. We focus on natural resource management where property rights and collective action are central aspects.
There will be no written assignment. To gain the full benefit of the course, participants should attend all lectures and read a small set of assigned readings before the lecture to which they apply. Course lectures will be conducted in English. Ample time will be given for discussion.
The course entails two lectures a day. The morning lecture is held 10:00-13:00 and the afternoon lecture 16:00-18:30.
Lecture 1 Introduction to political economy of natural resources (Rausser)
Lecture 2 Theories of collective action, cooperation and common property (Antinori)
Lecture 3 Principal – agent theory and institutional organization (Antinori)
Lecture 4 Incomplete contracts, or why property rights matter (Antinori)
Lecture 5 A political economy model (Rausser)
Lectures 6 Power, influence and the distribution of benefits (Antinori)
Lecture 7 Problems with empirical measurement (Antinori and Garcia-Lopez)
Lecture 8 An interdisciplinary perspective (Antinori)
The course is open to scholars, practitioners and anyone interested in the material, and is free of charge. Background in economics would be extremely helpful but not necessary.
The Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE) and the
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For questions about the material covered, please contact:
Dr. Camille Antinori (UCB)
antinori at are.berkeley.edu
Information on Casa de California:
Dr. Adriana de la Cruz de Clegg
Casa de la Universidad de
Carmen #1, Chimalistac
Delegacion Alvaro Obregon CP 01070
Telephone (+ 52 55) 56-62-41-36
Fax (+ 52 55) 56-62-95-10
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