- Elgar original reference
Edited by Jürgen G. Backhaus
Chapter 23: Towards an ideal economic analysis of a legal problem
Jiirgen G. Backhaus Introduction Economic analyses are needed for a variety of different applications. Their format will therefore differ according to the application for which they are needed. In this ‘how-to’ guide, a survey of the most important applications is offered, followed by a discussion of the steps necessary for an economic analysis of a legal problem at a professionally acceptable level. Three types of analysis In principle there are three different kinds of analysis: an evaluative analysis, a positive analysis of legal structures (economic reconstruction of legal argument), and a normative (welfare) economic analysis. These three types differ in the economic method and approach to the problem. An evaluative analysis tries to analyse, on the basis of an economic model, the consequences of a particular legal decision or set of decisions, or else an act. A positive analysis aiming at reconstructing the structure of a legal argument or doctrine aims at illuminating complex legal reasoning that cannot be reduced to one or a few organizing principles of legal doctrine. Hence a legal theory is replaced by an economic theory. While these first two types of analysis differ in their level of abstraction, they both belong to the realm of positive (and therefore not normative) analysis. This implies that the analytical conclusions are in principle testable and therefore need to be presented in a testable form. Although it will not always be possible to run empirical tests for all the relevant conclusions of an economic analysis, an appropriate test procedure...
You are not authenticated to view the full text of this chapter or article.
Elgaronline requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books or journals. Please login through your library system or with your personal username and password on the homepage.
Non-subscribers can freely search the site, view abstracts/ extracts and download selected front matter and introductory chapters for personal use.
Your library may not have purchased all subject areas. If you are authenticated and think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.