Science & Technology

Free-Market Environmentalism


Participants explored the ways in which common ownership of resources can lead to their degradation, while, on the other hand, the free market can be used to protect the environment.


Conference Readings

Anderson, Terry L. and Donald R. Leal. Free Market Environmentalism, Revised Edition. New York: Palgrave, 2001.

Anderson, Terry L. and Gary Libecap. Environmental Markets: A Property Rights Approach. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014.

Garrido, Samuel. “Water Management, Spanish Irrigation Communities and Colonial Engineers.” Journal of Agrarian Change (2014): 400-418.

Hardin, Garrett. Living within Limits: Ecology, Economics, and Population Taboos. New York: Oxford University Press, 1995.

Huggins, Laura. Environmental Entrepreneurship: Markets Meet the Environment in Unexpected Places. Cheltenham and Northampton: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2013.

Ostrom, Elinor. “Design Principles in Long-Enduring Irrigation Institutions.” Water Resources Research 29, no. 7 (July 1993): 1907-1912.

Ostrom, Elinor. “A General Framework for Analyzing Sustainability of Social-Ecological Systems.” Science (2009): 419-422.

Regan, Shawn E. “Austrian Ecology: Reconciling Dynamic Economics and Ecology.” Journal of Law, Economics, and Policy 11, no. 2 (December 2015): 203-228.

Ridley, Matt. The Origins of Virtue: Human Instincts and the Evolution of Cooperation. New York: Penguin Group, 1998.

Singer, Peter. A Darwinian Left: Politics, Evolution, and Cooperation. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2000.

Stroup, Richard L. Eco-nomics: What Everyone Should Know About Economics and the Environment. Washington, DC: Cato Institute, 2016.

Yandle, Bruce, “Public Choice and the Environment: From the Frying Pan to the Fire” In Political Environmentalism: Going Behind the Green Curtain, edited by Terry L. Anderson, 31-59. Stanford, California: Hoover Institution Press, 2000.