European Journal of Law and Economics

, Volume 48, Issue 1, pp 77–88 | Cite as

Law and economics versus economic analysis of law

  • Keith N. HyltonEmail author


I agree with Calabresi’s general distinction between Economic Analysis of Law and Law and Economics. However, these broad categories may obscure important differences between types of law and economics scholarship. I would distinguish positive economic analysis from normative economic analysis, and positivist legal analysis from nonpositivist analysis. The four categories generated by these distinctions provide a more fine-grained map of the styles of reasoning in law and economics, and has implications for the future of law and economics.


Law and economics Economic analysis of law Legal positivism Positive economics Normative economics Transaction costs Norms Behavioral economics 

JEL Classification

A12 B31 B41 B52 K10 



I thank Bob Bone, David Pozen, Geoffrey Miller, Henry Smith, Todd Zywicki, and journal referees for helpful comments.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.William Fairfield Warren Distinguished ProfessorBoston UniversityBostonUSA

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