An Economic Perspective on Preemption

24 Pages Posted: 25 Jan 2011 Last revised: 30 Jun 2011

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Keith N. Hylton

Boston University - School of Law

Date Written: January 24, 2011


This paper has two goals. The first is to present an economic theory of preemption as a choice among regulatory regimes. The optimal regime choice model is used to generate specific implications for the court decisions on preemption of products liability claims. The second objective is to extrapolate from the regime choice model to consider its implications for broader controversies about preemption.

Keywords: preemption, products liability, risk-utility analysis, error cost analysis, optimal regime choice, legislative intent

JEL Classification: K13

Suggested Citation

Hylton, Keith N., An Economic Perspective on Preemption (January 24, 2011). Boston Univ. School of Law Working Paper No. 11-03, Available at SSRN: or

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