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The Ecological and Civil Mainsprings of Property: An Experimental Economic History of Whalers’ Rules of Capture

Bart J. Wilson, Taylor Jaworski, Karl E. Schurter and Andrew Smyth.

in The Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization

October 2012; p ublished online January 2012 .

Journal Article. Subjects: Property Law; Agricultural, Environmental, and Natural Resource Economics; Design of Experiments; Production and Organizations. 15674 words.

This article uses a laboratory experiment to probe the proposition that property emerges anarchically out of social custom. We test the hypothesis that whalers in the 18th and 19th...

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