Date of Graduation
Master of Science in International and Development Economics (MSIDEC)
College of Arts and Sciences
In 2009 Elinor Ostrom received the Nobel Prize for her analysis of economic governance of the commons. Specifically, by challenging the conventional wisdom at the time, demonstrating how communities can successfully manage the common resources without any regulation by central authorities or privatization. Ostrom proposed eight design principles that identify the underlying criterion of institutions that have successfully maintained CPRs over time. I examine whether Ostrom’s Eight Design Principles affect the long-run functionality of borehole wells in Uganda using quantitative methods. I find that the one of the principles, clearly defined boundaries, is significant in all four estimations, and remains significant after all robustness test.
McPartlon, Emily, "Testing Ostrom: an Analysis of Water User Committees in Uganda" (2016). Master's Theses. 180.