The Heart of Teaching Economics

The Heart of Teaching Economics

Lessons from Leading Minds

Simon W. Bowmaker

This unique monograph comprises a collection of interviews conducted face-to-face with leading economists at universities throughout the United States. Presented with the singular opportunity to reflect on and share their wisdom and experience, the 21 interviewees discuss how they interpret, understand and practice their role as teachers. In addition to providing lessons that will inform the way others teach, the interviews shatter the illusion that teaching and research are strictly independent and competing activities.

Chapter 18: Law and Economics

David Friedman

Subjects: economics and finance, economics of education, teaching economics, education, economics of education, teaching and learning


David Friedman David Friedman was born in New York City in 1945 and graduated with a BA in chemistry and physics from Harvard University in 1965 before obtaining both an MS and PhD in physics from the University of Chicago in 1967 and 1971 respectively. Professor Friedman switched fields and taught economics at a number of universities, including Virginia Polytechnic Institute (1976–1980), the University of California, Los Angeles (1980–1983) and Tulane University (1983–1986). A professional interest in the economic analysis of law led to positions at the law schools of the University of Chicago and Cornell and, since 1995, to his present position as a Professor of Law at Santa Clara University. At Santa Clara, Professor Friedman teaches courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, including Legal Issues in the 21st Century, Legal Systems Very Different From Ours, Economic Analysis of Law and Analytic Methods for Lawyers. Professor Friedman’s research interests focus on economic analysis of the law, computers, crime and privacy. His articles have been published in the American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy, Journal of Law and Economics, Journal of Legal Studies and International Review of Law and Economics, among others. His books include, Future Imperfect: Technology and Freedom in an Uncertain World (Cambridge University Press, 2008), Law’s Order: What Economics Has to do With 319 M2372 - BOWMAKER TEXT.indd 319 29/9/10 11:36:39 320 The heart of teaching economics Law and Why It Matters (Princeton University Press, 2000), Hidden Order: The Economics...

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