The 115th RIHN seminar

You are warmly invited to the upcoming RIHN Seminar:

Date: August 6th, 2015 (Thursday) 14:00 - 15:30
Place: Seminar Room 3 & 4, RIHN( → Access)

Mr.Philip C.Brown

(RIHN Visiting Visiting Researcher)

Title: Institutions, Ownership Rights and Natural Resource Maintenance:Resilience Lessons from the Japanese Past
Language: Japanese (PPT is bilingual)
Contact: KAMATANI Kaoru (H-05) E-mail


Professor Brown’s recent work focuses on the conflict between much influential economic and political theory on the one hand, and the demonstrated ability of joint ownership property rights regimes to successfully sustain depletable, renewable natural resources such as arable land. His examination, primarily of data he has collected from flood- and landslide-Niigata Prefecture region show Japanese experience defies expectations of a “tragedy of the commons” with its uncontrolled “free rider” problems. In addition, he examines actual Japanese experience with joint management of arable land, contrasting it with standard images of early modern land ownership practices. Evidence from the Japanese past demonstrates that it is possible to structure flexible institutions and ownership in ways that prevent significant over-exploitation of natural resources and maintains them for future use.