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European Journal of Law and Economics

, Volume 10, Issue 3, pp 235–242 | Cite as

Etienne Laspeyres' History of the Economic Thought of the Netherlanders: A Law & Economics Classic?

  • Wolfgang Drechsler
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Abstract

Etienne Laspeyres (1834–1913) is today best known for the price index number formula named after him, but arguably his main contribution to economic literature is his Geschichte der Volkswirthschaftlichen Anschauungen der Niederländer und ihrer Litteratur zur Zeit der Republik (1863). This sketch sets out to consider whether this work, the contents of which will be briefly outlined and placed into context, can be considered a Law & Economics classic, in the sense of the biographical part of the Elgar Companion to Law and Economics (1999), as well. While interesting in its own right, the discussion of this question also serves as an inroad into the discussion of exactly what type of combination of law and economics is necessary to be considered part of Law & Economics as a specific mode of scholarly inquiry.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wolfgang Drechsler
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  1. 1.Faculty of Social SciencesUniversity of TartuTartuEstonia

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