The Tragi-Comedy of the Commons: Evolutionary Biology, Economics and Environmental Law,

15 Pages Posted: 16 Nov 2010

Date Written: 2001

Abstract

Theories of Environmental Law from Evolutionary Biology and Economics are compared. Why human societies sometimes cope with environmental problems via law or informal norms and sometimes do not. Law as compensating for insufficient altruism.

Keywords: Environmental Law Tragedy of the Commons Law and Evolutionary Biology

JEL Classification: D70, H23, H41

Suggested Citation

Elliott, E. Donald, The Tragi-Comedy of the Commons: Evolutionary Biology, Economics and Environmental Law, (2001). Virginia Environmental Law Journal, Vol. 20, No. 17, 2001. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1709979

E. Donald Elliott (Contact Author)

Yale Law School ( email )

P.O. Box 208215
New Haven, CT 06520-8215
United States
202 256-4149 (Phone)

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