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This page is intended to be a place to find out about proposals for
alternative institutions for various walks of life, and to find
critiques of these proposals. All political pesuasions are welcome,
and alternative ways to run conversations, countries, households,
markets, offices, romances, schools, etc. are all fair game.
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- Let people sell their right to sue for personal injury, Marc
Shukaitis, "A Market In Personal Injury Tort Claims", J. Legal
- "Alternatives to Zoning: Covanents, Nuisance Rules, and Fines as
Land Use Controls",
Robert C. Ellickson, 40, U. Chicago Law Review,
pp.681-781 (1973). See also Robert Cooter, "Towards
A Market in Unmatured Tort Claims," 75 University of Virginia Law Review 383
(1989), with comments by Schwartz and Goetz.
- Auction the right to be a monopolist and to be paid an
estimate of consumer surplus,
"A Decentralized Method for Utility
Regulation", J. Law and Econ.,
V22, p399-404. 1979
- Tax using a quadratic function of how much people say they want
a public good, so that everyone wants to be honest.
"Optimal Allocation of Public Goods: A Solution to the `Free Rider'
Problem", Econometrica 45:4, pp783-809, May 1977.
- Pick the submited political district boundaries which is the most
"compact", using some compactness function, William Vickrey, "On The
Prevention of Gerrymandering", Political Science Quarterly 76,
p105, 1961. (See criticism.)
- Use a basket of many standardized and easy-to-transport
commodities as a medium of exchange, or as a money of account for
Alfred Marshall, Money, Credit, and Commerce, p.36, 1923.
- Let people agree to let their life insurance company sell their
organs when they die.
"The Economics and Ethics of Markets for Human
Organs", Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, 14:57, 1989.