Professor Cole

Professor of Law and Professor of Public and Environmental Affairs

Professor Daniel H. Cole, an internationally recognized environmental law and economics scholar, joined Indiana University in 2011. He is the author or editor of eight books and more than 50 articles, with works published in England, France, Italy, and China, as well as the United States. His most recent book, co-edited with Michael D. McGinnis, is Elinor Ostrom and the Bloomington School of Political Economy, Vol. 1: Polycentricity in Political Science and Public Administration (Lexington 2015). Cole’s writings are at the intersection of the law, economics, and politics of property, natural re-sources law, land use, and environmental protection. He has also written extensively about Poland and Polish law.

In addition to being an award-winning teacher, Cole serves on the Advisory Board of the Institute for Policy Integrity at the New York University School of Law. He is a founding member of both the Midwest Law and Economics Association and the Society for Environmental Law and Economics. He has served as a visiting scholar on the faculties of Law and Land Economy at the University of Cambridge and is a life member of Clare Hall (College for Ad-vanced Study) in Cambridge. In the fall of 2001, he was the John S. Leh-mann Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law at Washington University in St. Louis. He has also been the R. Bruce Townsend Professor of Law at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law.

Selected Publications

  • Pollution and Property: Comparing Ownership Institutions for Environmental Protection (Cambridge University Press, 2002).
  • ‘Advantages of a polycentric approach to climate change policy,’ Nature Climate Change 5:114-118 (2015).
  • ‘Digging Deeper into Hardin’s Pasture: The Complex Institutional Structure of ‘The Tragedy of the Commons,’’ Journal of Institutional Economics 10:353-369 (2014) (co-authored with Graham Epstein and Michael McGinnis).
  • ‘The Variety of Property Systems and Rights in Natural Resources.’ In D.H. Cole & E. Ostrom, eds, Property in Land and Other Resources (Lincoln Institute for Land   Policy, 2011), 37-64 (with Elinor Ostrom).
  • ‘Institutions Matter! Why the Herder Problem Is Not a Prisoners’ Dilemma,’ Theory & Decision 69:219-231 (2010) (with Peter Z. Grossman).

Full list of publications

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