The Art and Science of Economic Explanation: Introduction to the Special Issue in Honor of Yoram Barzel

Journal of Institutional Economics, Forthcoming

GMU Working Paper in Economics No. 19-43

18 Pages Posted: 30 Oct 2019 Last revised: 16 Dec 2019

See all articles by Rosolino Candela

Rosolino Candela

Mercatus Center at George Mason University

Ennio Emanuele Piano

Middle Tennessee State University

Date Written: October 21, 2019

Abstract

This introduction to the special issue in honor of Professor Yoram Barzel provides an overview of his scholarship and a summary of the contributions to this special issue. Each contribution advances or elaborates upon major themes in Barzel’s theoretical and applied work on property rights, transaction costs, and political economy. The contributions fall into three categories: an examination of the foundations and implications of the ‘Barzelian’ method for social scientific analysis; Barzel’s economics of property rights and transaction costs to historical case studies; and advances to Barzel’s theory of the state, which includes an analysis of the origins of democracy and the rule of law.

Keywords: Yoram Barzel, Property Rights, Transaction Costs, Political Economy

JEL Classification: H11, K11, N4, P48

Suggested Citation

Candela, Rosolino and Piano, Ennio Emanuele, The Art and Science of Economic Explanation: Introduction to the Special Issue in Honor of Yoram Barzel (October 21, 2019). Journal of Institutional Economics, Forthcoming; GMU Working Paper in Economics No. 19-43. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3473181

Rosolino Candela (Contact Author)

Mercatus Center at George Mason University ( email )

4400 University Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030
United States

Ennio Emanuele Piano

Middle Tennessee State University ( email )

Murfreesboro, TN
United States

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