Ostrom’s legacy remains strong seven years after Nobel

Indiana University’s Elinor Ostrom received the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences in December 2009, becoming the first — and still the only — woman to receive the award. Seven years later, there are nearly constant reminders of her influence, including academic studies that build on her theories, symposia that celebrate her work and policy analyses […]

Journal links Ostrom research to study of nonprofits and voluntary action

A special August 2016 issue of the Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly celebrates the legacy of the late Indiana University scholar Elinor Ostrom and applies her insights and theories to new research in the area of nonprofit organizations and voluntary action. Edited by three researchers who studied with Ostrom while earning Ph.D. degrees at IU […]

Economist: Property rights an underappreciated response to resource issues

Indiana University political scientist Elinor Ostrom and her colleagues and students famously showed that people and organizations can work together to prevent overuse of natural resources through the creation of informal institutions and mutually agreed-upon rules. But what happens when forces compete for “open-access resources” in larger settings that don’t respond to such informal governance? […]

UC Santa Barbara economist to present Ostrom Memorial Lecture

Economist Gary D. Libecap, a professor at the Bren School of Environmental Policy and Management at the University of California, Santa Barbara, will present the second Vincent and Elinor Ostrom Memorial Lecture this week at IU Bloomington. Libecap, whose research focuses on issues related to entrepreneurship and sustainable business practices, will speak at 4 p.m. […]

Remembering Douglass North, friend to IU’s Ostrom Workshop

Nobel Prize-winning economist Douglass C. North, who died last month at age 95, was a longtime friend and admirer of Indiana University faculty members Elinor and Vincent Ostrom. His death was duly noted on the website of the Ostrom Workshop, which posted a link to the New York Times obituary. North was one of a […]

IU professor’s research shows need to better understand how we make decisions

Recent studies by Indiana University professor Shahzeen Attari point to the need for more and better research on how consumers make decisions that affect the environment, an expert on environmental policy and behavior writes in the current issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Thomas Dietz, a Michigan State sociologist, comments on Attari’s […]

Documentary film to celebrate lives and work of Lin and Vincent Ostrom

Lin and Vincent Ostrom spent a half century in a unique intellectual partnership, grappling with complex questions about how people and societies organize themselves to solve problems and spreading their ideas through an extended family of students and colleagues. Soon their remarkable story will be shared with a broader audience through a documentary film suitable […]

Remembering Lin Ostrom: ‘Problems have solutions’

“Do you believe in sharing?” That’s the headline over a lengthy and laudatory article about the late Indiana University political scientist Elinor Ostrom, written by the economist and journalist Tim Harford for the current Financial Times magazine. Ostrom unquestionably did believe in sharing. She not only believed in it, but she discovered through her wide-ranging […]

Colleagues continue Elinor Ostrom’s work

Elinor “Lin” Ostrom died a year ago this month, but her colleagues are carrying on her life’s work of gaining a better understanding of how people create institutions and make them work effectively. They’re also spreading her ideas and insights to new audiences, including university undergraduates. Scholars affiliated with Indiana University’s Vincent and Elinor Ostrom […]

Farewell, Lin and Vincent Ostrom

Both Elinor and Vincent Ostrom left us in the past month. What a loss to Indiana University, to Bloomington, to the social sciences and to their many friends and colleagues around the world. Elinor “Lin” Ostrom died June 12 at Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospital. Vincent Ostrom, her husband of almost 50 years, died June […]