Lights! Dancers! Economics!

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Kevin Remington, Washington and Lee U.

Dancers at Washington and Lee U. perform "Tragedy of the Commons," a performance created to test the economic principle of the same name—that resources held jointly are depleted more quickly than those held separately by individuals—by means of a "light bank" (far right) of spotlights controlled by audience volunteers.

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Kevin Remington, Washington and Lee U.

Dancers at Washington and Lee U. perform "Tragedy of the Commons," a performance created to test the economic principle of the same name—that resources held jointly are depleted more quickly than those held separately by individuals—by means of a "light bank" (far right) of spotlights controlled by audience volunteers.

If Milton Friedman and Martha Graham had a love child, it might look something like the "Tragedy of the Commons."

Antony Davies, an associate professor of economics at Duquesne University, and his sister, Jenefer Davies, an assistant professor of dance at Washington and Lee University, staged the experimental production this month at Washington and Lee to demonstrate a key principle of economics. The tragedy of the commons, enunciated in an essay of the same name in 1968 by the