Distaso, Alba, and Margherita Ciervo (2007). "Water, commodity or common good? An alternative idea coming from the economy of reciprocity of Bolivian Andes" Paper presented at the 4th annual conference of the HDCA, 18-20 September 2007, New York, USA.

In this work we want to uphold the thesis that water, in economic conditions characterised by social structure having relational nature and founded on reciprocal trust and interpersonal relations, is a common good which is not subject to “the tragedy of commons”. In order to try to demonstrate this thesis we will refer ourselves to the case of the rural communities of Bolivian Andes, which have been, always, practising a kind of non market economy, i.e. economy of reciprocity.