The Gridlock Economy: How Too Much Ownership Wrecks Markets, Stops Innovation, and Costs Lives

The Gridlock Economy: How Too Much Ownership Wrecks Markets, Stops Innovation, and Costs Lives

by Michael Heller

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Overview

Twenty-five new runways would eliminate most air travel delays in America; fifty patent owners are blocking a major drug company from creating a cancer cure; 90 percent of our broadcast spectrum sits idle while American cell phone service suffers. These problems have solutions that can jump-start innovation and help save our troubled economy. So, what's holding us back?

Michael Heller, a leading authority on property, reveals that while private ownership creates wealth, too much ownership means that everyone loses. Startling and accessible, The Gridlock Economy offers insights on how we can overcome this preventable paradox.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780465018987
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 02/23/2010
Edition description: First Trade Paper Edition
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 1,239,996
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

Michael Heller is the Lawrence A. Wein Professor of Real Estate Law at Columbia Law School and has served as the school's Vice Dean for Intellectual Life. He lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

List of Figures ix

Preface xiii

1 The Tragedy of the Anticommons 1

2 Welcome to the Lexicon 23

3 Where Are the Cures? 49

4 You Can't Hear Me Now 79

5 Block Parties, Share Choppers, and BANANA Republics 107

6 Empty Moscow Storefronts 143

7 The World Is Mine Oyster 165

8 A Solutions Tool Kit 187

Acknowledgments 199

Notes 203

Index 247

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