Lee Alston



(Tuesday, 2nd April 2002)

Title : Property rights, transaction costs and development

This lecture will present the determinants of property rights to land, particularly the economic determinants. It will focus on the impact of property rights to land and will demonstrate the tenancy through endowments and their impact on supervision costs, enforcement costs, risk, agricultural distress and government policies, then it will examine land reform.

Bibliographical references :

Alston, Lee J., Gary Libecap and Robert Schneider. "The Determinants and Impact of Property Rights: Census Data and Survey Results for Land Titles on the Brazilian Frontier" Journal of Law, Economics and Organization (1996): 25-61.

Alston, Lee J., Gary D. Libecap and Bernardo Mueller. "Property Rights to Land and Land Reform: Legal Inconsistencies and the Sources of Violent Conflict in the Brazilian Amazon," Journal of Environmental Economics and Management (2000).

Alston, Lee J. "Tenant Farming" in the Oxford Encyclopedia of Economic History (forthcoming).

Alston Lee J. "Property Rights in Land: An Historical Overview" in the Oxford Encyclopedia of Economic History (forthcoming).



(Thursday, 18th May 2006)

Title : Political Institutions, Policy Outcomes and Economic Growth

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Bibliographical references :

Must read reference : Alston, Lee J., Marcus Melo, Bernardo Mueller, and Carlos Pereira 2006On the Brazilian Road to Good Governance: Recovering from Economic and Political Shocks,” Working Paper, University of Colorado, February.

Must read reference : Alston, Lee J. and Bernardo Mueller, 2006. “Pork for Policy: Executive and Legislative Exchange in Brazil” Journal of Law Economics and Oganization (Spring ). Also Published as: NBER Working Paper 11273 Program in International Finance and Macroeconomics.

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Alston, Lee J., Marcus Melo, Bernardo Mueller, and Carlos Pereira. 2005 Political Institutions, Policymaking Processes and Policy Outcomes in Brazil. Latin American Research Network Working Paper no. R-509. Washington D.C.: Research Division: Inter-American Development Bank: (December).

Alston Lee J. 2006A Framework for Understanding the New Institutional Economics.” Working Paper University of Colorado (February ).