Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
Assistant Professor, School of Sustainability
School of Sustainability
Arizona State University
PO Box 875502
Tempe, AZ 85287-5502
Dr. Leonard's research focuses on the evolution and performance of different institutional responses to natural resource and environmental problems, with emphasis on how formal and informal property rights affect coordination and collective action for managing natural resources. He studies how the structure of property rights is shaped by the benefits and costs of defining and enforcing rights along various dimensions and assesses the long-term economic effects of institutional innovations in the definition of property rights. His research combines models of natural resource use and the institutional and legal settings in which property rights emerge with econometric analysis of historic and modern data sets created using GIS.
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
Leonard, B. and G. D. Libecap. 2015. Endogenous first-possession property rights in open-access resources. Iowa Law Review 100:2457-2478. (link )
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 Weatth of Indian Nations. Lexington Books. Lanham, Maryland. ISBN: 978-1498525671.