Introduction: The Evolution of the Economic Analysis of Corporate Law
Claire A. Hill
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities - School of Law
University of Minnesota Law School
May 4, 2012
Chapter 1, RESEARCH HANDBOOK ON THE ECONOMICS OF CORPORATE LAW, Claire A. Hill and Brett H. McDonnell, eds., Elgar 2012
Minnesota Legal Studies Research Paper No. 12-21
This essay is the Introduction to the Research Handbook on the Economics of Corporate Law. After briefly surveying the origins of modern economic analysis of corporate law, it analyzes leading developments in recent decades. Major developments in the law and economics of corporate law have in some cases followed from developments in the law, including changes in fiduciary duty standards, the growth of shareholder activism, the increasing role of independent directors, changes in executive compensation, a new emphasis on various gatekeepers, federalization of corporate governance rules, and globalization. Other developments have followed from trends within economics, including some new ideas in the theory of the firm, greater emphasis on empirical research, a focus on market failures due to incomplete information, the growth of behavioral economics, and some increased emphasis on comparative institutional analysis. The essay speculates that future developments may include a new focus on systemic risk in light of the financial crisis and greater use of empirical research methodologies other than regression analysis. The essay concludes with an overview of the contributions to the volume, which is divided into five Parts: corporate constituencies, insider governance, gatekeepers, jurisdiction, and new theory.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 31
Keywords: law and economics, corporate law, corporate governance
JEL Classification: D21, G30, K22, L21Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: May 5, 2012
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