The Three Levels of Ownership

Urban Lawyer, Vol. 37, p. 385, 2005

Stetson University College of Law Research Paper

18 Pages Posted: 2 Jul 2010  

Paul Boudreaux

Stetson University - College of Law

Date Written: 2005

Abstract

This essay identifies "three levels of ownership" of land – private ownership, local ownership, and global ownership. American law has placed great emphasis on a supposed clash between the first two, as local governments attempt to regulate against the wishes of private owners. But recent political and economic research highlights the extent to which homeowners use local law to benefit their interests at the expense of outsiders, including potential migrants. A greater emphasis on global ownership, perhaps paired with private ownership, would lessen the adverse impact of this local protectionism.

Keywords: Ownership of Land, Private Ownership, Local Ownership, Global Ownership, Local Protectionism, Migrants, Government Regulation

JEL Classification: K10, K11, K19

Suggested Citation

Boudreaux, Paul, The Three Levels of Ownership (2005). Urban Lawyer, Vol. 37, p. 385, 2005; Stetson University College of Law Research Paper. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1633725

Paul Boudreaux (Contact Author)

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Gulfport, FL 33707
United States

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