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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Analysis and Commentary

The Gray Wave

by Laura E. Hugginsvia Hoover Daily Report
Wednesday, February 9, 2005

Another big wave is hitting areas of Asia, thankfully not a tsunami. This wave won't be making headlines with shocking visuals. Yet declining fertility rates and prolonged life expectancies could be a crisis in the making.


Population Puzzle: Boom or Bust

via Hoover Institution Press
Monday, January 10, 2005

This insightful collection of essays provides an overview of the major issues concerning world population growth, with particular emphasis on population's impact on the United States. Drawing from government reports, think tank studies, scholarly journals, magazines, newspapers, and books, the authors offer a range of contrasting viewpoints and policy perspectives surrounding population issues.

Analysis and Commentary

What about the Battle against AIDS?

by Laura E. Hugginsvia Hoover Daily Report
Wednesday, December 8, 2004

By the time you finish reading this sentence, fifty people will have died of AIDS and eighty-five will be newly infected with HIV.

Analysis and Commentary

Economic Growth—the Essence of Sustainable Development

by Terry Anderson, Laura E. Hugginsvia Hoover Daily Report
Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Economic growth is not the antithesis of sustainable development; it is the essence of it.

Analysis and Commentary

A Better Way to Protect Endangered Species

by Laura E. Hugginsvia Hoover Daily Report
Monday, February 10, 2003

For wildlife conservation to be successful, negative restrictions on landowners must be replaced with positive incentives.

The Essential Right

by Terry Anderson, Laura E. Hugginsvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, October 30, 2002

Hoover fellows Terry L. Anderson and Laura E. Huggins on the right that is essential for a democracy to prosper—the right to property.

Analysis and Commentary

Wind for Sale

by Laura E. Hugginsvia Hoover Daily Report
Monday, October 8, 2001

Much of the growth in wind-produced energy is due to the development of more efficient turbines.