- Series: Casebook
- Hardcover: 802 pages
- Publisher: Aspen Law & Business; 5th edition (January 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1567065627
- ISBN-13: 978-1567065626
- Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.5 x 9.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,585,223 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Then, in the early 1960s, Guido Calabresi and Ronald Coase published a couple of papers that a lot of people found pretty darned interesting.
Richard Posner was one of those people. Within about a decade thereafter, he had written a massive treatise-textbook that attempted to apply (Chicago-school) economic insights to almost the entirety of the law, in part relying on Calabresi's insights on risk allocation and Coase's famous theorem about what happens in a world with no transaction costs.
That treatise-textbook is now in its fifth edition, and you're looking at the Amazon page for it. It would be hard to name a more influential work in the field of law and economics -- and even today, as Posner himself will gladly tell you, although there are a few other _textbooks_ on the topic, there are still no other _treatises_.
Posner's scope is breathtaking. Not content to limit himself to the usual array of legal topics (property, torts, contracts, criminal law, legal procedure, and so forth), he also manages to devote portions of his text to, e.g., sex and marriage, surrogate motherhood, prostitution, homosexuality, and a host of other controversial and/or marginal topics you don't typically encounter in an economics text.
The typical reader will probably not find him altogether persuasive on these topics.Read more ›
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Bought this for a law and econ class in law school - one that supposedly didn't require an econ background. This book belies that claim. Read morePublished on January 30, 2010 by MD law gal
First of all, the law and economics movement did not originate with Richard Posner. To his credit, he does reference the men who collectively formulated the modern utilitarian... Read morePublished on July 30, 2006 by GangstaLawya
Although the economic theories used by Posner are for the most part sound, nevertheless, he lacks a more realistic approach to the problems presented in this book. Read morePublished on September 27, 2004 by ATA
Anyone interested in Economic Analysis of Law should have this book of "legendary" PosnerPublished on November 29, 2001 by Fabio Niccoli