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Eyal Zamir and Doron Teichman

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190901349

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190901349.001.0001

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Economic Analysis of Law: An Overview

Economic Analysis of Law: An Overview

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(p.7) 1 Economic Analysis of Law: An Overview
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Behavioral Law and Economics
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Eyal Zamir

Doron Teichman

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190901349.003.0002

While behavioral insights are vital to any theory of law, they are particularly important as qualifiers of standard economic analysis of law. Standard economic analysis assumes that people are rational maximizers of their own utility. As a normative theory, it ultimately takes into account only human welfare and focuses on maximization of aggregate social utility. This chapter offers a bird’s-eye view of economic analysis of law. It describes the main features of economic analysis in general, with a focus on positive economics, followed by a description of the tenets of the normative branch of economic analysis known as welfare economics.

Keywords:   positive economic analysis, rational choice theory, cognitive rationality, motivational rationality, economic modeling, welfare economics, economic analysis of law

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