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Property Rights and the Historical Development of Texas and Alberta's Oil and Gas Industries: An Institutional Perspective

  • Author / Creator
    Abrahams, Eric M
  • Property rights, as a set of institutions, are often identified as a core component of economic development. Yet, their composition can differ substantially between jurisdictions. This research examines how jurisdictions with different forms of property rights can achieve similar degrees of economic growth and development. This is accomplished by performing a comparative historical study that surveys two cases with different underlying property regimes overseeing the disposition of resource rights for oil and gas. The historical developments of Texas and Alberta’s oil and gas industries are therefore examined from an institutional lens, looking at particular periods of time that coincide with important institutional and economic changes. The outcome of the research indicates that with regard to influencing economic development, the underlying form of property rights matter less than the functions of the presiding resource regime.

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  • Graduation date
    2013-11
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Arts
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3GX45548
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • Department of Political Science
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Anderson, Greg (Political Science)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Byrne, Siobahn (Political Science)
    • Renke, Wayne (Law)
    • Urquhart, Ian (Political Science)