Property rights and collective action in natural resources with application to Mexico

 

June 4-7, 2007
Casa de California
Mexico City
 
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.  Mexico is an excellent case study of how rights to land resources have played a pivotal role in its history and current economic activities. 
 
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.  Mexico is one among many examples used to shed light on why ownership and institutions matter in an economic sense.  Lectures will cover the political economy of natural resources; common property theory, various branches of contract theory, empirical challenges, governance and the distribution of wealth; and interdisciplinary work. Our goals are that, at the end of the course, participants will have a clearer appreciation of 1) the role of property and collective decisionmaking in generating economic safety nets, political power and wealth, and 2) strategies for analyzing economic behavior around the allocation of property rights and control.
 
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. 

Lectures cover:
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 University of California, Berkeley (UCB) are co-organizers of the course.  For information on subscribing, please contact:

(Note for the two emails below you must replace the “_at_” with the “@” when you write the email address.)

 
Dr. Juan Manuel Torres Rojo (CIDE)
juanmanuel.torres at cide.edu


 
For questions about the material covered, please contact:
 
Dr. Camille Antinori (UCB)
antinori at are.berkeley.edu
 
Location:


Information on Casa de California:

 

Dr. Adriana de la Cruz de Clegg

Subdirectora

Casa de la Universidad de California en Mexico

Carmen #1, Chimalistac

Delegacion Alvaro Obregon CP 01070

Mexico City, Mexico

Telephone (+  52 55) 56-62-41-36

Fax           (+  52 55) 56-62-95-10

 

Map, facilities and other details:

 

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Course syllabus:

Syllabus 

 

Readings:

 

Lecture 1

RZ9.pdf

Hardin.pdf

HandbookAgEcon.pdf

Lecture1PRclass.ppt

Lecture 2

Ostrom.pdf

Klooster.pdf

Merino.pdf

Lecture2PRclass.ppt

Lecture 3

FamaJensen.pdf

Manne.pdf

Hirschman.pdf

Taylor2000.pdf

AntinoriBrayWD2.pdf

AntRausJDS.pdf

HolmstromMilgrom.pdf

KangSorensen.pdf

Taylor.pdf

Lecture3PRclass.ppt

Lecture 4

Hart.pdf

AntRausWP.pdf

Lecture4PRclass.ppt

Lecture 5

 

RZ2.pdf

RZ3.pdf

RZ4.pdf

RZ6.pdf

 

Zusman.pdf

WaterFrance.pdf

Lecture5PRclass.ppt

Lectures 6

LarsonRibot.pdf

Nygren.pdf

Wilshusen.pdf

http://www.viet-studies.org/Bourdieu_capital.htm

Lecture6PRclass.ppt

Lecture 7

Rodrik.pdf

PerezLovett.pdf

Sobel.pdf

BardhanMookerjee.pdf

Durlauf.pdf

Lecture7PRclass.ppt

Lecture 8

BardhanRay.pdf

Mosse.pdf

Ribot.pdf

Lecture8PRclass.ppt