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Elinor Ostrom dies at 78; first woman to win Nobel in economics
Elinor Ostrom dies at 78; first woman to win Nobel in economics

Elinor Ostrom, an Indiana University political economist who in 2009 became the first woman to win a Nobel Prize in economics by demonstrating that local communities can manage imperiled natural resources as well as or better than the government or private business interests, died of pancreatic cancer Tuesday in Bloomington, Ind., according to the university. She was 78. Ostrom, a Los Angeles native who taught at Indiana University for nearly five decades, made her reputation by challenging a concept in the social sciences called the "tragedy of the commons." Ecologist Garrett Hardin coined the phrase in a famous 1968 paper that argued that the depletion or pollution of shared...

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