Laura E. Huggins


Laura E. Huggins was a research fellow at the Hoover Institution.

Huggins specializes in free market environmentalism, property rights, and population policy. She is primarily interested in the role of economic processes in shaping natural resource policy and in promoting market principles to a wide audience to help resolve environmental dilemmas.

Huggins is the author, along with Hoover Institution senior fellow Terry Anderson, of Property Rights: A Practical Guide to Freedom and Prosperity (2003) and Greener Than Thou: Are You Really an Environmentalist? (2008). She also edited Accounting for Mother Nature (2008), Population Puzzle: Boom or Bust? (2004), and Drug War Deadlock: The Policy Battle Continues (2005). She is currently focusing on a forthcoming monograph tentatively titled Environmental Entrepreneurship in the Developing World.

Huggins’s articles have appeared in the Los Angeles Times and Washington Times; her published papers include "A Property Rights Path to Sustainable Development," which appeared in The Legacy of Milton and Rose Friedman's Free to Choose: Economic Liberalism at the Turn of the 21st Century.

Huggins holds an MS degree in public policy from Utah State University.

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Property Rights: A Practical Guide to Freedom and Prosperity

by Terry Anderson, Laura E. Hugginsvia Hoover Institution Press
Thursday, August 6, 2009

Drawing on the thoughts of various professionals, a blueprint for the nonexpert is presented on how societies can encourage or discourage freedom and prosperity through their property rights institutions. It details step-by-step what property rights are, how they evolve, how they can be protected, and how they promote freedom and prosperity.

Analysis and Commentary

On Earth Day, think Thoreau

by Laura E. Hugginsvia Los Angeles Times
Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Earth Day is upon us, and with it, several "green" events, including the broadcasting of "Walden: The Ballad of Thoreau" on public television and in schools...

Greener Than Thou

by Terry Anderson, Laura E. Hugginsvia Hoover Digest
Thursday, January 22, 2009

Plucking a few facts out of the bin of recycled slogans. By Terry L. Anderson and Laura E. Huggins.

In the News

A Utah Desert’s Unlikely Gem

by Laura E. Hugginsvia New West
Sunday, November 9, 2008

The Mojave Desert in southwest Utah is desolate and dry, until Highway 18 takes you across a canyon that is overflowing with lush greenery, sheer rock walls, and gin-clear springs...

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Greener Than Thou

by Terry Anderson, Laura E. Hugginsvia Hoover Institution Press
Thursday, November 6, 2008

Are you really an environmentalist?

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No One Washes a Rental Car

by Terry Anderson, Laura E. Hugginsvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, November 5, 2008

If natural resources are unowned, users have little incentive to protect them; if they are owned, long-term stewardship will follow.

Analysis and Commentary

Get real on going 'green'

by Laura E. Hugginsvia Washington Times
Friday, April 18, 2008

With Earth Day approaching, 12-step checklists to becoming green are popping up everywhere...

Analysis and Commentary

Logging for Christmas trees

by Laura E. Hugginsvia Salem Statesman Journal (OR)
Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Even Christmas trees, a symbol of the holiday spirit, are tainted by controversy...

Accounting for Mother Nature
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Accounting for Mother Nature

via Stanford University Press
Thursday, December 13, 2007

In the face of growing pressure on our natural landscapes and increasingly bitter conflict over their management and use, simply defending the status quo is not enough. Finding a balance between producing commodities, such as lumber, and maintaining amenities, such as open space, is crucial if we hope to promote environmental stewardship and healthy economies. Accounting for Mother Nature brings together experts with wide-ranging experience to provide a comprehensive examination of the critical debate around the management of scarce natural resources.

Drug War Deadlock: The Policy Battle Continues

Drug War Deadlock: The Policy Battle Continues

by Laura E. Hugginsvia Hoover Institution Press
Thursday, September 22, 2005

A diverse collection of readings from scholarly journals, government reports, think tank studies, newspapers, and books that offers a comprehensive look at the drug debate. With each section featuring opposing articles written by many of the foremost authorities in their respective fields, the book offers a concise view of the many divergent viewpoints surrounding drug policy in America.