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Law and Economics

Richard A. Posner and Francesco Parisi

This research review examines some of the most important articles on the topic of law and economics. Although the wealth of scholarship and the steady expansion of the field make the task of selecting representative works a challenge, the growth rate underscores the relevance and importance of the economic approach to the theory and practice of law. In this essay, therefore, we offer a survey of this vast interdisciplinary movement, exploring its rapid assimilation of disparate legal subject matters. We cannot hope to cover every major result discovered over the course of several decades in the space available. However, we hope to convey at least a general sense of what law and economics is, how it can inform real-world adjudication, and how it developed over the decades.

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