Contemporary law and economics has greatly expanded its scope of inquiry as well as its sphere of influence. The extension to many idiosyncratic topics and issues that sometime lie outside the traditional domain of the discipline have fostered the emergence of a new consciousness better grasped by a comparative approach. The original contributions to this Research Handbook provide a glimpse of the new perspectives that enrich the law and economics methodology.
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Tom Ginsburg, Pier Giuseppe Monateri and Francesco Parisi
Comparative law is a field with a rich history, and one to which scholars from many disciplines have contributed. This research review traces the major developments in the field, covering both private and public law, as well as legal institutions and methodological debates. Encompassing more than a century of scholarship, the collection includes a number of the most enduring articles from several disciplinary perspectives and will be an essential resource for the study of comparative law.
ADR and Settlement of Mass Claims
Edited by Christopher Hodges and Astrid Stadler
The landscape of mass litigation in Europe has changed impressively in recent years, and collective redress litigation has proved a popular topic. Although much of the literature focuses on the political context, contentious litigation, or how to handle cross-border multi-party cases, this book has a different focus and a fresh approach.
Ejan Mackaay offers a comprehensive look at the essential points of economic reasoning, the Coase Theorem, and legal institutions such as intellectual property, extra-contractual civil liability and contracts. The book’s structure mirrors the way law is taught in civil law countries, with structured presentations, references to civil code articles paired with non-technical explanations, and limited reliance on graphs. This English-language version builds on the success of the author’s 2008 French-language textbook on law and economics from a civil law perspective.
Gerrit De Geest
Comparative law and economics is an interdisciplinary research field in which differences among legal systems are analyzed from an economic point of view. This research review discusses papers that illustrate those differences, describe their economic effects and discover which legal rules or systems are optimal from an economic viewpoint.
Benjamin Klein and Andres V. Lerner
This insightful research review examines the most important published papers on the economics of antitrust law. The papers chosen focus on areas of major importance including market power, horizontal arrangements, and vertical arrangements and exclusionary behaviour. The review considers seminal papers on topics such as oligopoly and collusion, horizontal mergers and joint ventures, exclusive dealing and tying and bundling.