Hernando de Soto is one of the world's leading public intellectuals. His books The Mystery of Capital and The Other Path have had a tremendous impact on debates about international development, but his work also has been controversial. One of de Soto's core ideas is that the institution of private property is necessary for the proper functioning of a market economy, yet even though many property scholars closely follow de Soto's work, his ideas have been neglected in property law scholarship and mature market economies like the United States. This new collection seeks to remedy this neglect, bringing together a diverse group of scholars to apply de Soto's work to a wide range of contemporary issues in property law and theory. The important contribution it makes to debates and controversies in property law, as well as in related economic fields, will appeal to scholars of both law and economics.

chapter |6 pages


ByD. Benjamin Barros

chapter 2|20 pages

Invasions, Innovation, Environment

ByCarol M. Rose

chapter 3|10 pages

Culture and Capitalism: A Comment on de Soto

ByGregory S. Alexander

chapter 4|10 pages

Hernando de Soto and the Histories of Property Law

ByAlfred L. Brophy

chapter 8|30 pages

Red Tape and Gridlock

ByLarissa Katz

chapter 9|22 pages

Mercantilism, American Style

ByNicole Stelle Garnett

chapter 10|18 pages

Hernando de Soto, Formal Property Systems, and the Intangible Asset Paradox

ByJuliet M. Moringiello

chapter 11|34 pages

The Economics of Welfare: Of Hernando de Soto and Susette Kelo

ByDenis J. Brion