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The Economic Structure of the Law

The Collected Economic Essays of Richard A. Posner, Volume One Richard A. Posner, Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and Senior Lecturer, University of Chicago Law School, US Edited by Francesco Parisi, Oppenheimer Wolff and Donnelly Professor of Law, University of Minnesota Law School, US and Professor of Economics, University of Bologna, Italy
Judge Richard A. Posner is internationally regarded as a leading exponent and a founding father of the law and economics movement. This volume draws together a selection of his most important papers on the methodology and the theory of law and economics to create a valuable collection for scholars and practitioners in the field. It includes a coherent and informative introduction by Professor Francesco Parisi containing salient insights into Judge Posner’s work.
Extent: 512 pp
Hardback Price: $176.00 Web: $158.40
Publication Date: 2001
ISBN: 978 1 85898 641 8
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  • Economics and Finance
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  • Public Choice Theory
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Judge Richard A. Posner is internationally regarded as a leading exponent and a founding father of the law and economics movement. This volume draws together a selection of his most important papers on the methodology and the theory of law and economics to create a valuable collection for scholars and practitioners in the field. It includes a coherent and informative introduction by Professor Francesco Parisi containing salient insights into Judge Posner’s work.

Themes explored in this volume include:

• the economics of common law
• the criterion of wealth maximization
• an economic approach to judicial rulemaking
• the application of finance theory to law
• the methodology of law and economics.

The Economic Structure of the Law draws together Judge Posner’s seminal contributions on the methodological foundations of law and economics and will be a valuable reference source for economists, lawyers and judges alike.
Contents: Introduction: The Legacy of Richard Posner and the Methodology of Law and Economics Part I: The Methodology of Law and Economics Part II: Wealth, Maximization and the Law Part III: Courts and Judicial Rulemaking Part IV: The Application of Finance Theory to Law Index