The Evolution of Irrationality
Owen D. Jones
Vanderbilt University - Law School & Dept. of Biological Sciences
Jurimetrics, Vol 41, p. 289, 2001
The place of the rational actor model in the analysis of individual and social behavior relevant to law remains unresolved. In recent years, scholars have sought frameworks to explain: a) disjunctions between seemingly rational behavior and seemingly irrational behavior; b) the origins of and influences on law-relevant preferences, and c) the nonrandom development of norms. This Article explains two components of an evolutionary framework that, building from accessible insights of behavioral biology, can encompass all three. The components are: "time-shifted rationality" and "the law of law's leverage."
Number of Pages in PDF File: 16
Keywords: Behavioral Law and Economics, Evolution, Evolutionary Analysis in Law, Irrationality, Rationality
JEL Classification: A12, D90, K00, K49Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: November 2, 2004
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