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The Student of Working Together

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Who owns the Nobel Prize in economics? A basis for an answer to that question appeared last week, when the Nobel Committee opened the door to a capacious new wing of economic research, citing political scientist Elinor Ostrom, of Indiana University, for her investigations of how ordinary citizens solve problems that arise when sharing common resources (and sometimes fail to solve them). Over a forty-year research career, Ostrom, 76, has studied everything from the harvest of fish in the sea and grazing rights in alpine meadows, to patterns of police law enforcement and the creation of private rights to public