An Economic Dynamic Approach to the Infrastructure Commons

11 Pages Posted: 15 Aug 2007  

David M. Driesen

Syracuse University - College of Law

Date Written: August 9, 2007

Abstract

This brief essay comments upon and extends Brett Frischman's idea of the infrastructure commons, i.e. that certain commons resources function as infrastructure. After suggesting some refinements of the infrastructure commons theory, this essay shows how an economic dynamic approach to law (see David M. Driesen, The Economic Dynamics of Environmental Law (MIT Press 2003) can help strengthen the case for proper management of the infrastructure commons, helping bolster the case for preserving the commons and identifying some of its limitations. The essay, like Professor Frischman's original article, applies infrastructure commons theory to both environmental and intellectual property resources.

Keywords: infrastructure, commons, economic dynamics, property, intellectual property, environmental law, innovation

JEL Classification: K12, K33, O38

Suggested Citation

Driesen, David M., An Economic Dynamic Approach to the Infrastructure Commons (August 9, 2007). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1006122 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1006122

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