The Political Economy of Public Land Use
Public land, Wildlife conservation, Forest conservation, Timber, Natural resources conservation, Recreation, Fees, Conservation movement, Political economy, Agricultural management
Federal ownership and management of the public lands have created a rent-seeking frenzy, inflated rhetoric, wasted resources, and squandered investment opportunities. The primary commodity user groups, grazers and timber harvesters, have declined in importance whereas conservationists and recreationists have gained. Still, historical use preferences and continued rent seeking have produced use entitlements that seem impervious to changing costs and demands and thus result in large wealth losses to consumers and taxpayers. Privatization of the public lands is probably politically infeasible, but simulated market processes can be used to replace political allocations and improve efficiency.
Original Publication Citation
*The Political Economy of Public Land Use, (1997) Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, 22 (1): 12-29.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Gardner, B. Delworth, "The Political Economy of Public Land Use" (1997). All Faculty Publications. 2179.
Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics
Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics © 1997 Western Agricultural Economics Association