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'Lost in Translation': Towards a Theory of Economic Transplants


Ioannis Lianos


University College London - Faculty of Laws

August 30, 2009

Jean Monnet Working Paper 08/09 (NYU School of Law)
Current Legal Problems (OUP 2010)

Abstract:     
The rise of economics as one of the main (some will advance the most important) “source” of competition law discourse is well documented. This study focuses on a facet of the integration of economic analysis in competition law: "economic transplants". The term “economic transplants” refers to specific economic concepts that were incorporated into the legal discourse by an act of “translation”. They represent the ultimate degree of interaction between the legal and the economic systems. Using a paradigmatic approach the study examines their specific characteristics and what distinguishes them from other forms of integration of economic analysis in competition law. It critically assesses their role and their impact on the legal and the economic discourses. The study concludes that the “paradigm” of translation constitutes the most appropriate explanatory framework for taking into account the dual nature of economic transplants and, more broadly, for conceptualizing the interaction of law with other social sciences. It should be distinguished from the existing methodologies of interaction between the disciplines of law and economics, such as the concept of “economic law” and the law and economics approach.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 58

Keywords: law and economics, antitrust, competition, economic evidence, translation theory, economic law, transplants, legal theory

JEL Classification: A11, A12, A13, B15, B25, B4, K00, K21, L4, N00, N01, N4

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Date posted: October 11, 2009  

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Lianos, Ioannis, 'Lost in Translation': Towards a Theory of Economic Transplants (August 30, 2009). Jean Monnet Working Paper 08/09 (NYU School of Law). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1485378 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1485378

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