Land, scarcity, and property rights

Thomas Hartmann*, Jean David Gerber

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Scarcity of land is the result of a political process. Only goods and services that are used up through consumption (subtractability) can become scarce (Ostrom et al. 1994). 1 Scarcity is usually thought to be found in situations where limited resources are confronted with demands (or needs) that outreach the available supply. But the story becomes a bit more complex if the rules and regulations that support the (unequal) appropriation and distribution of resource units are taken into account in the analysis, which a political approach to scarcity does.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInstruments of Land Policy
Subtitle of host publicationDealing with Scarcity of Land
PublisherTaylor & Francis
ISBN (Electronic)9781315511658
ISBN (Print)9781138201514
Publication statusPublished - 17 Jan 2018


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