Of Property and Anti-Property

76 Pages Posted: 13 Mar 2003 Last revised: 21 Sep 2008

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Abraham Bell

Bar Ilan University - Faculty of Law; University of San Diego School of Law

Gideon Parchomovsky

University of Pennsylvania Law School

Date Written: March 1, 2003


In this Article, we introduce the concept of anti-property - a private conservation mechanism that allows only socially desirable development. Our mechanism utilizes veto rights to create a collective holdout dynamic that thwarts undesirable uses of conservation commons. We demonstrate, counterintuitively, that when transaction costs systematically bias the market against conservation, the best response may be to create countervailing transaction costs. We also show how the combination of a private anti-property mechanism with a carefully designed takings law may result in an optimal balance between conservation and development.

Keywords: property, conservation, preservation, commons, anticommons

Suggested Citation

Bell, Abraham and Parchomovsky, Gideon, Of Property and Anti-Property (March 1, 2003). U of Penn, Inst for Law & Econ Research Paper 03-04; Michigan Law Review, Vol. 102, p. 1, 2003. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=387520 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.387520

Abraham Bell

Bar Ilan University - Faculty of Law ( email )

Faculty of Law
Ramat Gan, 52900

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University of San Diego School of Law ( email )

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San Diego, CA 92110-2492
United States

Gideon Parchomovsky (Contact Author)

University of Pennsylvania Law School ( email )

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Philadelphia, PA 19104
United States
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