Date of Award

Spring 2010

Document Type

Undergraduate Thesis


Global Honors

First Advisor

Josh Tenenberg


In recent decades, concerns have arisen over the misuse of antibiotics and the resultant increase in ever-more resilient strains of pathogenic bacteria. The author examines this issue through the lens of common pool resource theory, which frames a case study comparison between the United States and the Netherlands and their respective antibiotic distribution practices. The results of the case study offer insights into how the United States can better manage its antibiotic and public health policies.