Are All Commons Tragedies?
The Case of Bison in the Nineteenth Century
By Peter J. Hill
The near extermination of the North American bison is widely viewed as a case of the overuse of an open-access resourcea classic example of the tragedy of the commons. This tragic view, however, ignores the rising opportunity cost of grasslands that could support a more commercially viable commodity: cattle.
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