Graduate Law and Economics I
Fall 2014 GMU TENTATIVE Syllabus

Mondays, 7:20-10:00pm during Fall 2014, in Carow Hall

Instructor: Robin D. Hanson, Associate Professor, Economics (,
Office Hours: Officially Monday 5:00-7:00p. But I'm usually in at Carow Hall 10A. Call ahead (703-993-2326) if you want to be sure.

Catalog Entry:

Econ 840 Law and Economics I. Prerequisite: ECON 611 or 811 or permission of instructor. Uses economics to analyze U.S. Common-law system, evaluating efficiency and logic of evolution.
Required Text:

Steven Shavell, Foundations of Economic Analysis of Law, Harvard University Press, 2004, ISBN 0674011554

Recommended Texts:
David D. Friedman, Law's Order: What Economics Has to Do with Law and Why It Matters, Princeton Univ. Press 2000, ISBN 0691090092.
Robert Cooter and Thomas Ulen, Law and Economics, Sixth Edition, Addison Wesley 2012, ISBN 0132540711. author web notes
Thomas Miceli, The Economic Approach to Law, Second Edition, Stanford University Press, 2009, ISBN 9780804756709
Assignments: Grade Weights: class participate 5%, homework 5%, midterm 15%, final 25%, paper 50%.

Week Text ChaptersLecture Topics
25 AugS1-3 Intro, Property
1 Sept No Class
8 Sept No Class
15 SeptS4-7 Property
22 SeptS8-10 Accident
29 SeptS11-12 Accident
6 OctS13-14 Contract
14 Oct S15-16 Contract Note class on Tuesday
20 Oct Midterm
27 Oct S17-19 Legal Process
3 Nov S20-22 Crime
10 Nov S23-24 Crime
17 Nov S25-29 Structure, Welfare
24 Nov Private Law
1 Dec Future Law
15 Dec Final Exam, 7:30 -10:15pm.

Disability Notice

If you are a student with a disability and you need academic accommodations, please see me and contact the Disability Resource Center (DRC) at 703.993.2474. All academic accommodations must be arranged through that office.

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