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Thomas F. Bergin
University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA 22903-4833)

Economics and the Law of Property

Book dealing with usefulness of economics as guide to wiser procedures and policies for allocation of natural resources. Despite accelerating concern about misues of valuable natural resources and despite general awareness that short-comings in allocative laws have contributed to that misuse, few legal scholars have devoted major effort to improving the social performance of allocative law. Economics can provide law-makers with an informing theory of allocation and practical guidance in concrete allocation cases. Modern property law teachers agree that major effort must be directed at bringing the student to a solid understanding not only of social and political role which private ownership of goods plays in national life but also of role which government can play in increasing social yield of resources. Because legal rules rarely indicate social needs, students must look to the adjacent social sciences. Fellow to do research and writing at Cambridge University, where he has been invited to become a member of both the Department of Land Economics and the Faculty of Law, giving opportunity to work with eminent economist and scholars of land law.

Project fields:
Law and Jurisprudence

Fellowships for University Teachers

Research Programs

Total amounts:
$15,500 (approved)
$15,500 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/1970 – 6/30/1971