Economic Analysis of the Law: Selected Readings

Economic Analysis of the Law: Selected Readings

Editor(s): Donald A. Wittman

Published Online: 17 DEC 2007

Print ISBN: 9780631231578

Online ISBN: 9780470752135

DOI: 10.1002/9780470752135

About this Book

Providing students with a solid grounding in the economic analysis of the law, this reader brings together edited versions of diverse and challenging journal articles into a unified collection. Chosen to provoke thought and discussion, these carefully streamlined articles apply economic theories to many aspects of the law, from intellectual property, corporate finance, and contracts to property rights, family law, and criminal law.


  • Provides real-life examples and implications of economic theory.
  • Creates a unified vision of the law, showing the interconnections between the various fields.
  • Covers a broad range of topics, from intellectual property and corporate finance to family and criminal law.
  • Encourages intuitive understanding and applications of the economic principles, due to reduced mathematical content.

Table of contents

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  1. Part I: Coase Theorem

  2. Part II: Property Rights, Liability Rules, and Regulation

  3. Part III: Intellectual Property

  4. Part IV: Contracts and Warranties

  5. Part V: Corporations and Corporate Finance

  6. Part VI: Family Law

  7. Part VII: Crime and Criminal Law

  8. Part VIII: Norms

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