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Anthony M. Kwasnica - Associate Professor of Business Economics, Penn State University Park

Book Title: Order without Law: How Neighbors Settle Disputes

Author: Robert C. Ellickson

Book Description:

As an undergraduate, I found this book very influential in my decision to become an economist and join academia. The description on the role of relationships and institutions in Shasta County, California makes for an interesting read for anyone who wants to understand why we have the rules that we do. While most of my current research is different from the case study described here, I believe that this book helped me understand that institutions and human interactions can be greatly influenced by our environment. Much of my experimental work examines such influences.

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