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Record number 402259
Title Identities in the Commons: The Dynamics of Norms and Social Capital
Author(s) Bulte, E.H.; Horan, R.D.
Source The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy 10 (2010)1. - ISSN 1935-1682 - p. 13 - 13.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.2202/1935-1682.2372
Department(s) Development Economics Group
WASS
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2010
Keyword(s) property resource use - reduction methods - moral motivation - free access - cooperation - systems - evolution - economics - privatization - management
Abstract This paper provides a formal analysis of the evolution of cooperation in the management of common property resources. We develop a dynamic model that includes moral norms or a sense of 'identity,' and show that cooperation may – but need not – be an equilibrium outcome in the absence of intervention by a managing agency or punishment by peers. We demonstrate that outside intervention has ambiguous effects when identity matters – it may reduce welfare of the agents harvesting the stock.
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