Handbook of Law and Economics

Edited by

  • A. Mitchell Polinsky, Stanford University, CA, U.S.A.
  • Steven Shavell, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, U.S.A.

Law can be viewed as a body of rules and legal sanctions that channel behavior in socially desirable directions — for example, by encouraging individuals to take proper precautions to prevent accidents or by discouraging competitors from colluding to raise prices. The incentives created by the legal system are thus a natural subject of study by economists. Moreover, given the importance of law to the welfare of societies, the economic analysis of law merits prominent treatment as a subdiscipline of economics. This two volume Handbook is intended to foster the study of the legal system by economists.
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Advanced graduate students, researchers and professionals interested in Economics, Law and their interaction.


Book information

  • Published: November 2007
  • Imprint: NORTH-HOLLAND
  • ISBN: 978-0-444-53120-9

Table of Contents

12. Corporate Law and GovernanceMarco Becht (ECARES, Université Libre de Bruxelles) Patrick Bolton (Department of Economics, Columbia University)Ailsa Röell (Bendheim Center for Finance, Princeton University)13. Empirical Study of Corporate LawSanjai Bhagat (School of Business, University of Colorado) Roberto Romano (Yale Law School)14. Bankruptcy LawMichelle White (Department of Economics, University of California, San Diego)15. Antitrust Louis Kaplow (Harvard Law School) Carl Shapiro (Department of Economics, University of California, Berkeley)16. Regulation of Natural MonopolyPaul Joskow (Department of Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology)17. Employment LawChristine Jolls (Yale Law School)18. Antidiscrimination LawJohn J. Donohue III (Yale Law School)19. Intellectual Property LawPeter Menell (School of Law, University of California, Berkeley) Suzanne Scotchmer (School of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley)20. Norms and the LawRichard McAdams (School of Law, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana)Eric Rasmusen (School of Business, Indiana University)21. Experimental Study of LawColin Camerer (School of Social Sciences, California Institute of Technology)Eric Talley (School of Law, University of California, Berkeley)22. The Political Economy of LawMcGollnast(Department of Political Science, University of California, San Diego; Department of Economics, Stanford University; Department of Political Science, Stanford University)