Lessons from Leading Minds
Chapter 18: Law and Economics
18. Law and economics 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)...
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