Part I: Ideas
Week Topic Chapter     Additional Reading
3/31 Intro 1,2 "Law and Economics"
4/2 Externalities   "The World According to Coase,"
4/7 Insurance    
4/11 The Legal System    
4/14 No Class    
4/16 Ex Ante/Ex Post    
4/18 Property v Liability  

        Part II: Law

4/21 Property 3 "Approximate Optimality of Aboriginal Property Rights"
      "The Problem of Social Cost"
      "Standards As Intellectual Property" pp. 1109-1119
4/28 Contract Law 4  
5/5 Family Law 5 "Marriage, Divorce, and Quasi Rents"
5/7 Review    
5/9 Midterm    
5/12 Tort Law 6 [Review of Economic Analysis of Accident Law]
5/19 Criminal law 7 "Should the Characteristics of Victims and Criminals Count?" pp. 731-751.
5/26 Alternatives   "Private Creation and Enforcement of Law: A Historical Case."
      "Less Law than Meets the Eye,"
      ["Making Sense of English Law Enforcement in the Eighteenth Century,"]
      ["Rational Criminals and Profit-Maximizing Police"]
6/2 Review 8  

[]: Optional Reading--will be available in the library and on my web page

Assigned chapters are from Posner, Richard, Economic Analysis of Law

My office is Bergin 204; office hours will be 2:30-4:00 M,W, other times by arrangement.
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My Web page is
The class web page will be
Required articles are in a packet available for purchase; some will also be available on the class web
page. An outline of the material covered in class will be available both on the web page and in
hardcopy. Outlines from previous years, and many of my articles, are available on my web page.

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