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"Chinatown: A Re-evaluation of the Owens Valley to Los Angeles Water Transfer,"

TITLE: "Chinatown: A Re-evaluation of the Owens Valley to Los Angeles Water Transfer"

WHAT: Economics and law professor Gary Libecap explores the development of markets for water and settlement, farm size, and land use in the American West.

The lecture is sponsored by Reed’s economics department, the Walter Krause lecture series on Economics and Public Policy, and an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Faculty Development grant.

WHEN: 1:30 p.m., Friday, January 28

WHERE: Vollum Lounge, Reed College
3203 SE Woodstock Blvd., Portland, OR

COST: Free and open to the public

CONTACT: For more information, the public is asked to visit the Reed events website at or call the Reed events line at 503/777-7755.

About Gary Libecap
Gary D. Libecap is the Anheuser Busch Professor and Professor of Economics & Law at the University of Arizona and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He is the 2004 President of the International Society for New Institutional Economics, the 2005 President of Western Economics Association International, and the President-elect of the Economic History Association.

He is the author of Contracting for Property Rights (1989, Cambridge), the co-author of The Federal Civil Service System and the Problem of Bureaucracy: The Economics and Politics of Institutional Change (1994, U. of Chicago) and Titles, Conflict, and Land Use: The Development of Property Rights and Land Reform on the Brazilian Amazon Frontier (1999, U. Michigan), and the co-editor of The Political Economy of Regulation: An Historical Analysis of Government and the Economy (1994, U. of Chicago). In 2005, he will be a National Fellow at the Hoover Institution.


Reed College
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