Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Three essays on proprietary cities
by Lutter, Mark, Ph.D., George Mason University, 2016, 139; 10191262
Abstract (Summary)

This dissertation contains three essays on proprietary cities. Proprietary cities have three defining feature: (1) a private, for-profit entity (the proprietor) retains land ownership; (2) the city has substantial legal and regulatory autonomy from the host country; and (3) the proprietor has a meaningful role creating and enforcing a new legal and regulatory system. The first essay offers an introduction to the idea of proprietary cities, investigating the incentives facing the proprietor and the policies the proprietor is likely to adopt. The second essay investigates governance in proprietary cities. It examines the literature on monopolies, private dispute resolution, and private police to better understand how proprietary cities might act. The third essay places proprietary cities in an institutional context. It develops an understanding of why such substantial policy changes might be allowed, and how to think about proprietary cities with regard to the new institutional literature.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Boudreaux, Donald
Commitee: Cowen, Tyler, Wagner, Richard
School: George Mason University
Department: Economics
School Location: United States -- Virginia
Source: DAI-A 78/06(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Economic theory
Keywords: Cities, Economic growth, Institutions, Political economy
Publication Number: 10191262
ISBN: 978-1-369-52725-4
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