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Renewing Indigenous Economies Research Workshop

  • Hoover Institution at Stanford University (map)

The purpose of this workshop is to explore how tribal governance structures, jurisdiction, property rights, and the rule of law integrate into a fabric for stimulating indigenous economies. The main focus will be on indigenous economies in the United States, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia because these four countries share a history of British colonization and have thus inherited a common institutional framework within which tribal economies operate.

We have commissioned original research in the areas of economics, political science, and law.

"From Communal to Private Property Rights: Evidence from the Dawes Act and Native Americans"
Christian Dippel, University of California Los Angeles
Dustin Frye, Vassar College   

"Historical Treaty-Making and Long-Term Economic Prospertity of Indigenous Peoples"
Donna Feir, University of Victoria, Canada and Minneapolis Federal Reserve

"Land Tenure and Adaptation on Indian Reservations: Measuring the Effects of Property Rights from Space"
Bryan Leonard, Arizona State University
Dominic Parker, University of Wisconsin-Madison

"Land Ownership and Irrigation on American Indian Reservations: A Regression Discontinuity Approach"
Eric Edwards, Utah State University

"Employment Discrimination Against Indigenous Peoples in the United States: Evidence from a Field Experiment"
Patrick Button, Tulane University

"Income Inequality and Ethnicity on American Indian Reservations"
Dustin Frye, Vassar College
Dominic Parker, University of Wisconsin-Madison

"Assessing the Impact of the ANCSA Corporations on the Welfare of Alaskan Natives"
Keith Hankins, Chapman University

"Unravelling Latent Tribal Wealth"
Rakihia Tau, Canterbury University

AGENDA (with links to papers)

The workshop is limited to a small group of scholars to ensure meaningful discussion of the papers.

For more information, please contact Wendy Purnell:

Later Event: September 23
Tribal Leaders Forum