Hernando de Soto is one of the world's leading public intellectuals. His books The Mystery of Capital and The Other Path have had a tremendous impact on debates about international development, but his work also has been controversial. One of de Soto's core ideas is that the institution of private property is necessary for the proper functioning of a market economy, yet even though many property scholars closely follow de Soto's work, his ideas have been neglected in property law scholarship and mature market economies like the United States. This new collection seeks to remedy this neglect, bringing together a diverse group of scholars to apply de Soto's work to a wide range of contemporary issues in property law and theory. The important contribution it makes to debates and controversies in property law, as well as in related economic fields, will appeal to scholars of both law and economics.
D. Benjamin Barros is Professor of Law at Widener University School of Law in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He writes widely on property law and related topics. D. Benjamin Barros, Eduardo M. Penalver, Carol M. Rose, Gregory S. Alexander, Alfred L. Brophy, Ezra Rosser, Rashmi Dyal-Chand, Nestor M. Davidson, Larissa Katz, Nicole Stelle Garnett, Juliet M. Moringiello, Denis J. Brion.