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Research

Property Rights Project
Professor Annette M. Kim

Property rights are socially constructed rules and norms. This project counters ideas about the naturalness and efficacy of legal, private property rights in promoting land market activity by producing empirical research of how markets actually operationalize property rights.

Issues that are addressed through a series of articles include how the social reconstruction of property rights affect market pricing, transactions, and the negotiation of property rights reforms.  These include factors such as the local political economy, social norms, the cultural legacy around legality, and public finance institutions. 

This project has received funding from the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, the William Davidson Institute, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.