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Bryan Leonard

Bryan Leonard

Assistant Professor, School of Sustainability

Bryan.Leonard@asu.edu

School of Sustainability
Arizona State University
PO Box 875502
Tempe, AZ 85287-5502

Titles

  • Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
  • Assistant Professor, School of Sustainability
  • Faculty Affiliate, Department of Economics, W. P. Carey School of Business
  • Faculty Affiliate, Center for Behavior, Institutions and the Environment, School for Human Evolution and Social Change
  • Faculty, Center for Environmental Economics and Sustainability Policy, W. P. Carey School of Business
  • Graduate Faculty, Environmental Social Science, School for Human Evolution and Social Change

Biography

Bryan Leonard’s work focuses on the design of institutions to resolve collective action problems associated with sustainable resource management, focusing on land, water, and other resources in the Western United States. He uses a combination of formal theory, historical research, and econometric methods to study the evolution and performance of institutions that are crafted to solve resource challenges at a particular point in time. By studying the contemporary legacy of past policies, his research helps provide context for modern policy challenges while also informing the design of more sustainable institutions for the future.

Education

  • PhD, Economics, University of California-Santa Barbara, 2016
  • MS, Economics, University of California-Santa Barbara, 2013
  • MS, Applied Economics, Montana State University, 2012
  • BA, Economics, Hillsdale College, 2010

Expertise

External Links

Journal Articles

In Press

Allen, D. W. and B. Leonard. Rationing by racing and the Oklahoma land rushes. Journal of Institutional Economics 1-18. DOI: 10.1017/S1744137419000110. (link )

2020

Leonard, B., D. P. Parker and T. L. Anderson. 2020. Land quality, land rights, and indigenous poverty. Journal of Development Economics 143:102435. DOI: 10.1016/j.jdeveco.2019.102435. (link )

2019

Allen, D. W. and B. Leonard. 2019. How many rushed during the Oklahoma land openings?. Cliometrica DOI: 10.1007/s11698-019-00193-y. (link )

Leonard, B., C. Costello and G. D. Libecap. 2019. Expanding water markets in the western United States: Barriers and lessons from other natural resource markets. Review of Environmental Economics and Policy 13(1):43-61. DOI: 10.1093/reep/rey014. (link )

Leonard, B. and G. D. Libecap. 2019. Collective action by contract: Prior appropriation and the development of irrigation in the western United States. The Journal of Law and Economics 62(1):67-15. DOI: 10.1086/700934. (link )

Leonard, B. and S. Regan. 2019. Legal and institutional barriers to establishing non-use rights to natural resources. Natural Resourcs Journal 59(1):135-179. (link )

2015

Leonard, B. and G. D. Libecap. 2015. Endogenous first-possession property rights in open-access resources. Iowa Law Review 100:2457-2478. (link )

Book Chapters

2017

Leonard, B. 2017. How the West was watered: Private property and collective action. Pp. Chapter 7 In: Boettke, P. J., C. J. Coyne and V. H. Storr eds., Interdisciplinary Studies of the Market Order: New Applications of Market Process Theory. Rowman & Littlefield International Ltd. London, UK. ISBN: 978-1786602008.

2016

Anderson, T. L. and B. Leonard. 2016. Institutions and the wealth of Indian Nations. Pp. 1-17 In: Anderson, T. L. and A. M. Carlos eds., Unlocking the Wealth of Indian Nations. Lexington Books. Lanham, Maryland. ISBN: 978-1498525671.

Anderson, T. L., B. Leonard, D. P. Parker and S. Regan. 2016. Natural resources on American Indian reservations: Blessing or curse?. In: Anderson, T. L. and A. M. Carlos eds., Unlocking the Wealth of Indian Nations. Lexington Books. Lanham, Maryland. ISBN: 978-1498525671.