Scholar of free-market environmentalism to present first Ostrom Lecture on Environmental Policy

  • Feb. 15, 2017


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Terry Anderson, the John and Jean De Nault senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and a leading scholar of free-market environmentalism, will present the inaugural Ostrom Lecture on Environmental Policy next week at Indiana University Bloomington.

Anderson will speak on "Who Owns the Environment? Lessons From the Legacy of Elinor Ostrom" at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, in Woodburn Hall 120. The lecture is free and open to the public. A reception will follow in the Social Science Research Commons, Woodburn Hall 200.

Anderson is former executive director of the Property and Environmental Research Center, a think tank in Bozeman, Montana, that focuses on market solutions to environmental problems.

"Terry Anderson is one of the leading scholars in the economics of environmental policy and an authority on the economics of property rights and the environment," said Dean Lueck, professor of economics at IU Bloomington and director of the Program on Governance of Natural Resources at the Ostrom Workshop. "His work at the Hoover Institute and PERC has been instrumental in developing the idea of free market environmentalism."

Anderson, who co-chairs the Hoover Institution's Property Rights, Freedom and Prosperity Task Force, has prompted and engaged in debate over the proper role of government in managing natural resources. He is the author or editor of 37 books, including "Free Market Environmentalism," co-authored with Donald Leal, which received the 1992 Sir Antony Fisher International Memorial Award.

His books include "Environmental Markets: A Property Rights Approach," co-authored with Gary Libecap; "Greener Than Thou: Are You Really an Environmentalist?" and "Property Rights: A Practical Guide to Freedom and Prosperity," both with Laura Huggins; and "The Not So Wild, Wild West: Property Rights on the Frontier," with Peter J. Hill. His research also focuses on Native American economies.

Anderson has published widely in professional journals and the popular press. He received a B.S. degree from the University of Montana and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Washington.

Launched in 2016, the Ostrom Workshop Program on Governance of Natural Resources will sponsor regular seminars and colloquia, an occasional symposium on natural resources, and the annual Ostrom Lecture on Environmental Policy, given each spring. The program will collaborate with organizations at IU and other institutions and will host visiting scholars working on natural resources topics.

The Ostrom Workshop was founded in 1973 by Indiana University political scientists Elinor and Vincent Ostrom. Elinor Ostrom is the only woman to receive the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences, which she was awarded in 2009. Both Ostroms died in 2012.

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