Property Rights and Domestication

28 Pages Posted: 24 Jun 2019

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Dean Lueck

Indiana University Bloomington - The Vincent and Elinor Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory & Policy Analysis; Indiana University

Gustavo Torrens

Indiana university

Date Written: June 24, 2019

Abstract

This paper combines the property rights approach of Barzel with models from renewable resource and evolutionary economics to examine the domestication of wild animals. Wild animals are governed by weak property rights to stocks and individuals while domesticated animals are governed by private ownership of stocks and individuals. The complex evolutionary process of domestication can be viewed as a conversion of wild populations into private property as well as a transition from natural selection to economic selection controlled by owners of populations and individuals. In our framework domestication is not the explicit goal of any economic agent, but it rather emerges as the long run outcome of an innovation in hunting strategies in a hunter-gatherer society. Our formal model also suggests that the domestication process moves slowly at first but then proceeds rapidly, aligned with the archaeological evidence on domestication events.

Keywords: domestication, property rights, renewable resources, evolutionary economics

JEL Classification: O130, Q1, Q2

Suggested Citation

Lueck, Dean and Torrens, Gustavo, Property Rights and Domestication (June 24, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3409417 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3409417

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