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The Inevitable Trend Toward Universally Recognized Signals of Property Claims: An Essay for Carol Rose


Robert C. Ellickson


Yale Law School

October 28, 2010

William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal, Vol. 19, March 2011
Yale Law & Economics Research Paper No. 415

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Carol Rose has identified the study of the communication of property claims as her central scholarly project. In this tribute to her distinguished career, I discuss whether a method of communicating a property claim - for example, the building of a fence around cultivated land - tends to be universal or to vary from one interpretative community to another. On account of increasing urbanization and long-distance travel, a property claimant in a given cultural setting must anticipate that some passersby will be total strangers. I contend that this reality prompts claimants to favor furnishing nonverbal visual cues, such as fences, that people of all backgrounds should be able to recognize.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 24

Keywords: property, property claims, interpretative communities, sign language

JEL Classification: K11, Q15

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Date posted: October 30, 2010 ; Last revised: November 5, 2010

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Ellickson, Robert C., The Inevitable Trend Toward Universally Recognized Signals of Property Claims: An Essay for Carol Rose (October 28, 2010). William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal, Vol. 19, March 2011; Yale Law & Economics Research Paper No. 415. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1699427

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