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This insightful research review provides analysis of the most important contemporary work by experts in the economic analysis of legal reasoning and interpretation. It explores a wide range of topics in the field, from constitutional to statutory interpretation, precedent and the interpretation of contracts. The articles discussed raise key questions concerning the optimal construction of institutions, the best approach to judicial decision-making, and the best strategies for statutory and contract drafting. This fascinating review will be valuable to academics interested in legal reasoning, economic analysis and legal philosophy.

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Dedicated to the late Henry G. Manne, this authoritative research review surveys the development of law and economics both as a scholarly field and as an educational program. Starting as a niche area, centered primarily at the University of Chicago, law and economics has grown to be the dominant field in US legal scholarship. The influential articles discussed in this review trace that development from the mid-20th century through to today, focusing on both the personalities who laid the groundwork for the field’s success and the intellectual debates that fueled its growth. Written by two experts in the field, this review is a valuable research tool for academics and students interested in the history of law and economics.

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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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Scholarly analysis of corporate law in the United States has come to be dominated by an economic approach. Professor Hill and Professor McDonnell here discuss seminal articles which represent major milestones along the road that economics has traveled in coming to play this central role in corporate law scholarship. The focus is on the analysis of corporate law, drawing mainly upon legal scholarship and particularly on US scholarship, which is the originator of the application of modern economic analysis to corporate law and has had much influence in other countries.

Beginning with several of the key works on the economics of the firm which have most heavily influenced legal scholarship, the review explores the central legal role of the board of directors and state competition for corporate charters. It further considers the role of hostile takeovers and board defenses against them and the effectiveness of shareholder suits and other agency mechanisms.

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Exploring the most important articles from leading authors in the field, Professor Geoffrey Miller’s new research review, Economics of Securities Law, is an essential resource for students, policymakers and those interested in the history and current status of the subject.

The papers covered represent fundamental contributions that shaped later thinking, illustrate approaches that have proven durably influential or represent important challenges to conventional views. The review also analyses new approaches, such as behavioural economics, alongside ‘Chicago School’ papers, comparative analyses and influential works by people involved in the creation of laws governing modern securities markets.

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Covering the most important areas of the subject, such as financial crises, the nature of the banking firm and issues in bank regulation, this research review surveys a comprehensive collection of the papers that have shaped the field of financial law. Professor Geoffrey Miller provides a thorough and authoritative examination of the material.

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Although the relationship between fairness and the economic concept of efficiency is usually cast as an adversarial one, this collection demonstrates the robust and diverse ways in which economics engages – and cannot avoid engaging – with fairness. This research review selects papers presenting positive analyses of fairness preferences and beliefs, which are fundamental means through which fairness matters for economic models and then turns to normative analysis and the broad question of how law should reconcile fairness and efficiency considerations. It presents a sampling of legal and policy applications in which both fairness and efficiency considerations prove important.

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This research review provides a broad survey of past and recent scholarship on mergers and acquisitions. Seminal work on the history, rationales and outcomes of mergers and acquisitions is followed by leading articles on what M&A lawyers do. Major articles by prominent authorities in the field explore how deals are done, defended and terminated. The collection concludes with several eminent selections on private equity deals and international issues.

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This excellent research review contains the very best studies that take an economic approach to the study of judicial behaviour. The authors hail from the disciplines of business, economics, history, law, and political science, and the topics they cover are equally varied. Subjects include the judges’ motivations, judicial independence, precedent, judging on collegial courts and in the hierarchy of justice and the relationship between judges and the other government actors.

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The diverse array of authors and topics reviewed makes this research review an indispensable tool to study one of the most cited economic theories of the 20th century.

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