Wednesday, January 18, 2012

U.H. Manoa History Department
Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society

“The Political Economy of Land Privatization in
Argentina and Australia, 1810-1850”

A Public Lecture By
Prof. Sumner La Croix
Department of Economics
U. H. Manoa
Wednesday, January 25th
12:30 until 2:00 p.m.
Sakamaki Hall A201/History Department Library
U. H. Manoa

This co-authored talk compares public land disposal and the emergence of property-rights on the
frontier in the first half of the nineteenth century in the Province of Buenos Aires, Argentina, and
the British colony of New South Wales, Australia. Rather than the common theory of the
emergence of such rights as one from de facto to de jure, evolving from the growing demands of
settlers, the authors suggest the importance of the political supply side, or the actions of governments.
The governments differed in their policies as a result of the costs of enforcement, threats of
violence, and other public matters. Contrasts developed between Argentina and Australia as a result
of this political supply side. The paper was co-authored by Prof. La Croix and Prof. Alan Dye,
Barnard College, Columbia University.

Free and Open to the Public
For information, please contact Prof. Peter Hoffenberg at

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