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Name: Tragedy of the Commons
ID: m35288
Language: English (en)
Summary: This module explains the Tragedy of the Commons as first described by Garrett Hardin in 1968 with an application to the problem of overfishing. An additional exposition using a simple game theoretic model is provided. Finally, a few other more common examples of 'commons' problems are described.
Subject: Business, Social Sciences
Keywords: commons, environment, fisheries, Garrett Hardin, sustainability
License: Creative Commons Attribution License CC-BY 3.0

Authors: Steven Hinson (
Copyright Holders: Steven Hinson (
Maintainers: Steven Hinson (

Latest version: 1.1 (history)
First publication date: Sep 9, 2010 12:45 pm +0000
Last revision to module: Sep 9, 2010 1:31 pm +0000


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Version: 1.1 Sep 9, 2010 1:31 pm +0000 by Steven Hinson
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