"Law and economics is the field of study devoted to understanding laws and legal institutions using the tools of economic theory. This growing subject has become a mainstream area of study in both law schools and economics departments and this book explores the 'law and economics' approach to some of the most interesting questions, issues, and topics in law, order, and justice. [This book] considers what economists call the 'positive' analysis of the law - that is, using economic theory to explain the nature of the law as it actually exists. As part of this approach the author examines questions such as, what is the economic basis for the predominance of negligence rules in tort law? And, what is the explanation for the illegality of blackmail? Furthermore, another set of questions arises where the law seems to depart from the prescriptions of economic theory, and these issues are also examined in this volume. For example, the deeply rooted norm of proportionality between punishments and crimes, and the use of escalating penalties for repeat offenders, are both explored."-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography, etc. Note
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note
On the usefulness of economics for understanding law Property rights and the Coase Theorem The choice between property rules and liability rules Does the law evolve toward efficiency? Threshold rules in law Simultaneous versus sequential care accidents and strategic negligence The tort-crime boundary Some difficulties with the economic theory of crime Escalating penalties for repeat offenders The problem with plea bargaining The (real) puzzle of blackmail Group punishment When is a contract enforceable? Efficient breach theory A question of title : rules for protecting the ownership of land Holdups and holdouts Eminent domain and the paradox of public use Regulatory takings and the compensation question Fair use : fair or foul? Lawsuits for sale?
K487.E3 M525 2018
Available in Other Form
Online version: Miceli, Thomas J. Contemporary issues in law and economics. Abingdon, Oxon [UK] ; New York : Routledge, 2018
Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2018.