In this video, economist Tyler Cowen presents Elinor Ostrom’s life and research. Ostrom — who Cowen describes as one of the great environmental optimists of our time — became the first woman to win the Nobel Prize in economics in 2009.

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In this video from MRU's Principles of Microeconomics course, we take a look at common resources and discuss Nobel Prize Winner Elinor Ostrom’s contributions to this topic. If you want to go deeper, start with our Public Goods and Asteroid Defense (yes really!) video.

The Tragedy of the Commons

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If you'd like go deeper into Ostrom's life and work, check out Vlad Tarko's biography. Or you can hear him discuss it on the Hayek Program podcast

Elinor Ostrom: An Intellectual Biography

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Ostrom on NPR'S Planet Money Podcast

Ostrom explains her groundbreaking research into the public management of natural resources.

Ostrom’s 2009 Nobel Prize Lecture

Elinor Ostrom, co-recipient of the 2009 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences and Arthur F. Bentley Professor of Political Science at Indiana University Professor, presents an updated version of her Nobel Prize lecture for an Indiana audience.

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In this video, economist Tyler Cowen presents Elinor Ostrom’s life and research. Ostrom — who Cowen describes as one of the great environmental optimists of our time — became the first woman to win the Nobel Prize in economics in 2009.

Watch More "Women in Economics"

Elinor Ostrom

Presented by Tyler Cowen

#WomenInEconTest YourselfThe Tragedy of the CommonsElinor OstromWomen in Economics

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Test Yourself

In this video from MRU's Principles of Microeconomics course, we take a look at common resources and discuss Nobel Prize Winner Elinor Ostrom’s contributions to this topic. If you want to go deeper, start with our Public Goods and Asteroid Defense (yes really!) video.

The Tragedy of the Commons

Learn More About the Tradegy of the Commons

Get the details of Ostrom's story directly from her in this concise autobiography at the Nobel Prize website.

Ostrom's Autobiography

Learn More About Elinor Ostrom

Ostrom on NPR'S Planet Money Podcast

Ostrom explains her groundbreaking research into the public management of natural resources.

Ostrom’s 2009 Nobel Prize Lecture

Elinor Ostrom, co-recipient of the 2009 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences and Arthur F. Bentley Professor of Political Science at Indiana University Professor, presents an updated version of her Nobel Prize lecture for an Indiana audience.

Thinking of Becoming an Economist?

We've gathered up the best resources from around the web to address these and more. You'll be merrily on your way to econ nerdom! 

Challenging Institutional Analysis and Development:

Elinor Ostrom's research is at the core of what's been called the "The Bloomington School" (Ostrom's Indiana University is located in Bloomington). This book, by Pete Boettke and Paul Dragos Aligica, provides an in-depth dive into the philosophy and approach of the Bloomington research program.

The Bloomington SchoolElinor Ostrom: An Intellectual Biography

If you'd like go deeper into Ostrom's life and work, check out Vlad Tarko's biography. Or you can hear him discuss it on the Hayek Program podcast

Challenging Institutional Analysis and Development: The Bloomington School

Elinor Ostrom's research is at the core of what's been called the "The Bloomington School" (Ostrom's Indiana University is located in Bloomington). This book, by Pete Boettke and Paul Dragos Aligica, provides an in-depth dive into the philosophy and approach of the Bloomington research program.

Ostrom's Autobiography

Get the details of Ostrom's story directly from her in this concise autobiography at the Nobel Prize website.

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Ostrom's Tensions

This edited volume, which include original chapters by several of Ostrom’s colleagues and students, identify sources of tension within her writing. It identifies important questions and areas for future research by the next generation of political economists.

Ostrom's Tensions

This edited volume, which include original chapters by several of Ostrom’s colleagues and students, identify sources of tension within her writing. It identifies important questions and areas for future research by the next generation of political economists.