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Chapter Two: Free Market Environmentalism: Understanding Property Rights Approach


Published: November 12, 2019

Free market environmentalism uses well-defined property rights and incentives to safeguard the environment. Property rights are especially useful because they make the environment an asset, and provide people with incentives to protect the value of their assets. Individuals are more likely to conserve when they have an incentive to do so.

Video Recorded: August 22, 2019

Discussion Questions

  1. How can markets protect endangered species?
  2. How would free-market environmentalists protect endangered species?

Additional Resources

  • For more, read Free Market Environmentalism for the Next Generation, by Terry Anderson and Donald Leal, available here.  
  • Watch “Terry Anderson Asks Who Washes A Rental Car?” Available here.
  • Watch "A Better Way to Preserve the Environment" by Terry Anderson. Available here
  • Watch "Office Hours: Terry Anderson On Free Market Environmentalism," available here.
  • In “We’re All Environmentalists Now” Terry Anderson makes a case for markets. Available here.