Instructor: Robin D. Hanson, Associate Professor, Economics
Office Hours: Email me to arrange a video-chat meeting; suggest a day/time you'd like to meet.
Econ 840 Law and Economics I. Credits: 3. Prerequisite: ECON 611 or 811 or permission of instructor. Uses economics to analyze U.S. Common-law system, evaluating efficiency and logic of evolution.Class Concept
By grad school, students know the drill cold: read assignments, hear lectures, do homework, and spit it all back on the exam. Problem is, just then the game changes from grades to papers; few will care about your grades, compared to your research papers, written and published. A research paper is not a term paper, and can't be dashed off the weekend before it is due. A research paper does not offer a broad overview; it says something specific and new, even if minor, that fits in a context of other research papers.Assignments:
My class is designed to aid this transition. Instead of covering many topics briefly, we cover fewer deeper. The research paper is half your grade, and can be all your grade if you want. You must choose a model paper early in the semester, write a referee report on it, and present it in class. Then meeting with me frequently one on one, we look for and then create some variation on that model paper.
Steven Shavell, Foundations of Economic Analysis of Law, Harvard University Press, 2004, ISBN 0674011554
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 2013, ISBN 9780132540650. Online here
Thomas Miceli, The Economic Approach to Law, Second Edition, Stanford University Press, 2009, ISBN 9780804756709
David D. Friedman, Legal Systems Very Different From Ours, unpublished. Free online!
|Week||Text Chapters||Lecture Topics|
|25 Aug||S1-3||Intro, Property|
|29 Sep||S8-10||Accident||Model paper due|
|6 Oct||S8-10||Student Presentations||Referee report due|
|13 Oct||2 Lawyer Guest Lectures|
|27 Oct||S17-19||Legal Process|
|3 Nov||No Class|
|10 Nov||S17-19||Legal Process|
|1 Dec||Private Law|
|15 Dec||7:30-10:15pm, Final Presentations, papers due|