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Journal of Economic Literature: Vol. 44 No. 2 (June 2006)

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A Review of Steven Shavell's Foundations of Economic Analysis of Law

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Posner, Richard A. 2006. "A Review of Steven Shavell's Foundations of Economic Analysis of Law." Journal of Economic Literature, 44(2): 405-414.

DOI: 10.1257/jel.44.2.405

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Steven Shavell's Foundations of Economic Analysis of Law (Harvard University Press, 2004) is a major theoretical contribution to "law and economics," the applied field of economics that studies the economic properties and consequences of legal doctrines and institutions. It is a field of immense practical importance, but unfamiliar to many economists--a situation that Shavell's book bids fair to rectify. This review essay situates Shavell's book in the history of economic scholarship about law and uses the book as a springboard for speculation about new directions in that scholarship.

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