This Land is My Land, This Land is Your Land: Markets and Institutions for Economic Development on Native American Land

68 Pages Posted: 13 Nov 2004  

Ezra Rosser

American University - Washington College of Law

Abstract

This paper presents the current land regime and nature of economic development found on most Native American reservations, drawing predominantly from the Navajo Nation. It then considers the situation according to (1) neo-classical economics and (2) New Institutional Economics (NIE). The paper begins with the paired assumptions that economic growth can and should reach reservations and that the U.S. and tribal governments can improve upon past performance and institutional arrangements. Policy solutions to reservation commercial and light industrial underdevelopment, corresponding to each economic perspective in turn, are then discussed. The paper broadens the range of policy options available to tribes considering their land use policies and development priorities. The paper is a mixture of law, economic theory, and land use planning.

Keywords: Law and Economics, Native American, Indian, Reservation, New Institutional Economics

JEL Classification: K11, Q15, B25, B41, R52, E13, R15, J15, O12, P26

Suggested Citation

Rosser, Ezra, This Land is My Land, This Land is Your Land: Markets and Institutions for Economic Development on Native American Land. Arizona Law Review, Vol. 47, p. 245, 2005. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=617761

Ezra Rosser (Contact Author)

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