62 Pages Posted: 25 Apr 2007
In the past decade behavioral economics has established itself as a contender to the throne of neoclassical economics in the economic analysis of law. The pros and cons of behavioral as compared to neoclassical economics have been vigorously debated at the general, methodology level. But the success or failure of the behavioral challenge will be judged by its ability to improve upon neoclassical economics - both descriptively and prescriptively - in specific legal applications. Consumer contracts provide an important test case for behavioral economics. In this exchange we offer the first comprehensive debate between the behavioral and neoclassical perspectives as applied to the law and economics of consumer contracts.
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Bar-Gill, Oren and Epstein, Richard A., Consumer Contracts: Behavioral Economics vs. Neoclassical Economics. NYU Law and Economics Research Paper No. 07-17; Minnesota Law Review, Vol. 92, 2007-2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=982527
By Eric Posner