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Homesteading Rock: A Defense of Free Access Under the General Mining Law of 1872


Andrew P. Morriss


Texas A&M School of Law; PERC - Property and Environment Research Center; George Mason University - Mercatus Center

Roger E. Meiners


University of Texas at Arlington

Andrew Dorchak


Case Western Reserve University Law Library

April 2004

Case Legal Studies Research Paper No. 04-2

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Contrary to most contemporary accounts, the authors argue that the General Mining Law of 1872 represents an institution that effectively resolves incentive problems created by government ownership of mineral resources rather than a blatant giveaway of public resources. Instead of calling for radical change in U.S. mining laws, the authors hold up the free access principle of the General Mining Law of 1872 as a model for privatization of assets whose value is unknown.

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Date posted: April 19, 2004  

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Morriss, Andrew P. and Meiners, Roger E. and Dorchak, Andrew, Homesteading Rock: A Defense of Free Access Under the General Mining Law of 1872 (April 2004). Case Legal Studies Research Paper No. 04-2. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=530124 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.530124

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