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De Facto and De Jure Property Rights: Land Settlement and Land Conflict on the Australian, Brazilian and U.S. Frontiers

Lee J. Alston, Edwyna Harris, Bernardo Mueller

NBER Working Paper No. 15264
Issued in September 2009

---- Acknowledgments ----

For comments we thank Eric Alston, Lee Cronk, Ernesto Dal Bó, John Ferejohn, Stephen Haber, P.J. Hill, Gary Libecap, Henry Smith, Ian Wills and participants at: a seminar on social norms at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton; a conference on "Australian Economic History in the Long Run;" the Research Group on Political Institutions and Economic Policy held at Princeton University; and a seminar at Monash University. Alston and Mueller acknowledge the support of NSF grant #528146. Alston thanks the STEP Program at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton for their support as a Visiting Research Scholar during 2008/2009 and The Australian National University for support as Research Fellow in 2009. We thank Eric Alston for research assistance. 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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