Working Papers

The problem of Water; Transaction Costs, Property Rights as the Tools of the New Institutional Economics: Water Rights and Water Markets
Chinatown: Transaction Costs in Water Rights Exchanges The Owens Valley Transfer to Los Angeles
Information Costs, Political Objectives, and Path Dependence: An Explanation for the Inappropriate Small-Farm Settlement of the North American Great Plains, 1880-1925
Forging a New Environmental and Resource Economics Paradigm: The Contractual Bases for Exchange
How Interest Groups with Limited Resources Can Influence Political Outcomes: Information Control and the Landless Peasant Movement in Brazil
Transaction Costs, Property Rights, and the Tools of the New Institutional Economics: Water Rights and Water Markets
Assigning Property Rights in the Common Pool, Implications of the Prevalence of First-Possession Rules

Book Manuscript

Stanford University Press. The Ghost of "Chinatown": A Re-examination of the Owens Valley Water Transfer to Los Angeles and What It Means for Western Water Today. Under preparation.

Recent Published Papers

“Chinatown” Owens Valley and Western Water Re-Allocation: Getting the Record Straight and What It Means for Water Markets,” Texas Law Review, 2005.
  “Small Farms, Externalities, and the Dust Bowl of the 1930s,” Journal of Political Economy, 2004, with Zeynep Hansen.        
“The Allocation of Property Rights to Land: U.S. Land Policy and Farm Failure in the Great Plains,” Explorations in Economic History, 2004, lead article, with Zeynep Hansen.

Recent Books

Advances in the Study of Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Economic Growth, JAI Press, Gary D. Libecap, Editor
     Volume XV Intellectual Property and Entrepreneurship, 2004
     Volume XIV Intellectual Property, Entrepreneurship, and University-Based Technology Transfer, 2005

Titles, Conflict and Land Use: The Development of Property Rights and Land Reform on the Brazilian Amazon Frontier, with Lee Alston and Bernardo Mueller. University of Michigan Press, 1999

Chapters

  • "Transaction Costs, Property Rights, and the Tools of the New Institutional Economics: Water Rights and Water Markets," in Eric Brousseau and Jean Michel Glachant, eds., Research in the New Institutional Economics, London: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming.
  • "The Federal Government Bureaucracy: How We Went From Patronage to an Insulated Civil Service System and Why It Matters for the Performance of Government," Essays in Honor of Robert Higgs, Price Fishback ed, University of Chicago Press, forthcoming.
  • "The Effects of Property Rights to Land and Other Natural Resources on American Economic Development: Where U.S. Land Policy Worked and Where it Did Not," Essays in Honor of Robert Higgs, Price Fishback, ed, University of Chicago Press, forthcoming.
  • "The Effect of Transaction Costs in the Definition and Exchange of Property Rights: Two Cases from the American Experience," in Enrico Colombatto, ed., Companion to the Economics of Property Rights, Edward Elgar Publishers, 2004.
  • "State Regulation of the Common Pool," in Claude Menard and Mary Shirley, eds., The Handbook of the New Institutional Economics, Kluwer Academic Press, 2004.

  • Funded Research


  • "Lowering Transaction Costs through Institutional Arrangements: The Causes and Consequences of the Rectangular Survey in Assigning Property Rights to Land," National Science Foundation, Co-Principal Investigator, 2005-2007
  • "Transaction Costs and Institutional Change: An Analysis of Western Water Law Regarding Transfers from Agriculture to Urban and Environmental Uses," National Science Foundation, Co-Principal Investigator, 2003-2005
  • "Appropriate Agicultural Techniques: The Information Problems in Settling the North American Arid Plains, 1900-1925," National Science Foundation, Principal Investigator, 1999-2001
  • "Property Rights and Conflict in the Brazilian Amazon," National Science Foundation, Co-Principal Investigator, 1995-1997
  • "Property Rights and Land Use in the Brazilian Amazon: Lessons from U.S. Economic History," National Science Foundation, Co-Principal Investigator, 1992-1995
  • "Property Rights, Rent Dissipation, and Environmental Degradation in the Brazilian Amazon," World Bank, Co-Principal Investigator, 1992-1994