NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH
NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH

The Assignment of Property Rights on the Western Frontier: Lessons for Contemporary Environmental and Resource Policy

Gary D. Libecap

NBER Working Paper No. 12598
Issued in October 2006

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Prepared as the Presidential Address for the Economic History Association Meetings, September 14-17, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Helpful comments were provided by Lee Alston, Terry Anderson, Bob Deacon, Charlie Kolstad, and Zeynep Hansen. Support for this research was provided by National Science Foundation Grant 0317375, the Hoover Institution, and the Earhart Foundation. The views expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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