Fingerprints: An Impressionistic and Empirical Evaluation of Richard Posner's Impact on Contract Law

49 Pages Posted: 12 Feb 2018 Last revised: 6 Mar 2018

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Jeffrey Lynch Harrison

University of Florida - Levin College of Law

Date Written: February 8, 2018

Abstract

Richard Posner’s retirement after 36 years on the federal bench presents an ideal opportunity to reflect on his sometimes controversial career as a scholar and a judge. Since his principal scholarly work, Economic Analysis of Law, has been cited in legal scholarship over 7500 times a good working hypothesis is that his impact on law has been substantial. This article considers his impact on contract law. Two lines of research were conducted: one line explores the impact of Judge Posner’s scholarly writings on judicial opinions; the other line examines the impact of his opinions on other courts.

Keywords: contracts, efficiency, posner, duress, breach, remedies

JEL Classification: K12

Suggested Citation

Harrison, Jeffrey Lynch, Fingerprints: An Impressionistic and Empirical Evaluation of Richard Posner's Impact on Contract Law (February 8, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3120632 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3120632

Jeffrey Lynch Harrison (Contact Author)

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Gainesville, FL 32611-7625
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