America’s Founders understood clearly that private property is the foundation not only of prosperity but of freedom itself. Thus, through the common law, state law, and the Constitution they protected property rights—the rights of people to freely acquire, use, and dispose of property. With the growth of modern government, however, those rights have been seriously compromised.

More on Property Rights

Commentary

Creating a Harmonious Global Economic Order

By James A. Dorn. Caixin Online. February 17, 2015.

America’s Frightening “Policing for Profit” Nightmare

By Roger Pilon. The National Interest (Online). January 23, 2015.

The Importance of Property Rights for China’s Future

By James A. Dorn. Caixin Online. January 9, 2015.

Cato Studies

An Innovative Approach to Land Registration in the Developing World: Using Technology to Bypass the Bureaucracy

By Peter F. Schaefer and Clayton Schaefer. Policy Analysis No. 765. December 3, 2014.

Misallocation, Property Rights, and Access to Finance: Evidence from within and across Africa

By Sebnem Kalemli-Ozcan and Bent E. Sørensen. Research Briefs in Economic Policy No. 7. August 6, 2014.

Reducing Livability: How Sustainability Planning Threatens the American Dream

By Randal O’Toole. Policy Analysis No. 740. October 28, 2013.

Articles

Ending Legalized Piracy: Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform

Roger Pilon and Trevor Burrus. Policy Priorities for the 114th Congress. 2015.

The Constitutional Protection of Property Rights: America and Europe

Roger Pilon. Economic Education Bulletin. June 2008.

The Constitutional Protection of Property Rights: America and Europe

Roger Pilon. Progress Foundation (Zurich). June 13, 2007.

Public Filings

Kurtz v. Verizon New York, Inc.

By J. David Breemer, Christopher M. Kieser, Ilya Shapiro, & Trevor Burrus. Legal Briefs. November 14, 2014.

Stewart & Jasper Orchards v. Jewell

By John J. Park, Karen Harned, Luke Wake, Ilya Shapiro, & Trevor Burrus. Legal Briefs. November 3, 2014.

Kentner v. City of Sanibel

By Ilya Somin, Karen Harned, Luke Wake, Ilya Shapiro, & Trevor Burrus. Legal Briefs. November 3, 2014.

Cato Reviews & Journals

Events

Mugged by the State: When Regulators and Prosecutors Bully Citizens

Featuring Tim Lynch. May 19, 2014. Policy Forum.

Securing Land Rights for Chinese Farmers: The Progress So Far

Featuring Ian Vásquez. April 6, 2009. Policy Forum.

Little Pink House: A True Story of Defiance and Courage

Featuring Roger Pilon. January 27, 2009. Book Forum.