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Alumna wins Nobel Prize

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Published Oct 12, 2009 12:15 PM


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Elinor Ostrom, photo courtesy of Indiana University

Elinor Ostrom, the first female recipient of the Nobel Prize in Economics, has three degrees from UCLA: B.A. 1954, M.A. 1962 and Ph.D. 1965. All three degrees are in political science.

Ostrom's dissertation, "Public entrepreneurship: a case study in ground water basin management," is one of many case studies she has made of group-run economic governance. Her work shows that the "tragedy of the commons" - the economic dilemma that arises when individuals destroy a shared, limited resource - is not inevitable.

Read the UCLA Newsroom story

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