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Encyclopedia of Law and Economics

  • Offers a concise source of definitions and entries for topics in Law and Economics covered by JEL-Code K

  • Contains entries written by a global list of experts in the field.

  • Provides additional emphasis on European Union law and Law and Economics from a European perspective.

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Table of contents (409 entries)

  1. Absolute Priority

    • Alexander Dilger
  2. Abuse of Dominance

    • Pinar Akman
  3. Access to Justice

    • David Allen Larson
  4. Act-Based Sanctions

    • Marie Obidzinski
  5. Administrative Corruption

    • Maria De Benedetto
  6. Administrative Courts

    • Sofia Amaral-Garcia
  7. Administrative Law

    • Giulio Napolitano
  8. Adoption

    • Martha M. Ertman
  9. Alcohol Prohibition

    • Nicholas A. Snow
  10. Alimony

    • Cécile Bourreau-Dubois, Myriam Doriat-Duban
  11. Altruism

    • Sophie Harnay
  12. Anarchy

    • Peter T. Leeson
  13. Antidumping

    • Arianna Ciabattoni, Roberto Ippoliti
  14. Antitrust Populism: Practice

    • Aurelien Portuese
  15. Antitrust Populism: Theory

    • Aurelien Portuese
  16. Arrow Theorem

    • Pierre Bernhard, Marc Deschamps

About this book

Law and Economics deals with the economic analysis of legal relations, legal provisions, laws and regulations and is a research field which has a long tradition in economics. It was lost after the expulsion of some of the leading economists from Germany during 1933 to 1938, but then revived in Chicago.  Both the subject of Law of Economics and the need for a concise Encyclopedia is particularly relevant in Europe today.  Currently in the European Union there are several different legal cultures: the Anglo-Saxon legal framework, the German legal framework, which for example also includes Greece, and the Roman legal family—three jurisdictions which have to be covered with one and the same theory. In the EU, the task of the European Commission to interact with the various European jurisdictions means different legal cultures collaborating and some degree of harmonization is necessary. The result is an immediate need, if only for the science, to show how a given problem is solved in each legal tradition and jurisdiction. This Encyclopedia provides both a common language and precise definitions in the field, which will be useful in the future to avoid misunderstandings during harmonization of EU Law

Editors and Affiliations

  • Montpellier, France

    Alain Marciano

  • Dept DiGSPES, Univ del Piemonte Orientale Dept DiGSPES, Alessandria, Italy

    Giovanni Battista Ramello

About the editors

Alain Marciano is associate professor at the University of Montpellier. His research bears on formal and informal norms (as mechanisms of coordination) and on constitutions (constitutional law and economics). He is also interested in the history and methodology of law and economics. He has edited many books in law and economics, and published a reader in law and economics. He has published articles in different journals (International Review of Law and Economics, Public Choice, Constitutional Political Economy, the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Law and Contemporary Problems, the Journal of Institutional Economics, History of Political Economy, the Journal of the History of Economic Thought, the European Journal of History of Economic Thought, the Journal of Economic Methodology). He co-edits, with Juergen Backhaus and Giovanni Ramello, of the European Journal of Law and Economics.


Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Encyclopedia of Law and Economics

  • Editors: Alain Marciano, Giovanni Battista Ramello

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer New York, NY

  • eBook Packages: Springer Reference Economics and Finance, Reference Module Humanities and Social Sciences

  • Number of Pages: 3200

  • Topics: Economics, Law and Economics