A Law and Economics Perspective on Legal Families
Nuno M. Garoupa
University of Illinois College of Law
Fundação Getulio Vargas School of Law at São Paulo
July 12, 2012
The Methodologies of Law and Economics, T. Ulen, ed., Edward Elgar, 2013
Illinois Program in Law, Behavior and Social Science Paper No. LBSS13-01
Illinois Public Law Research Paper No. 13-11
In this paper, we review the economics of legal families. We describe the non-economic perspectives on the rise and decline of legal families in comparative law. At the same time, we summarize the main critiques to the premises, methods, and conclusions of the legal origins literature. We relate this discussion to the hypothesis of the efficiency of the common law and its shortcomings. We conclude the paper with possible methodological goals for future research in this field.
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Date posted: July 17, 2012 ; Last revised: November 15, 2012
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