Encyclopedia of Law and Economics

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Regulatory Impact Analysis Meets Economic Analysis of Law: Differences and Commonalities

  • Wolfgang WeigelEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-7753-2_750


Regulatory Impact Assessment is a tool for law-making, which makes use of economic criteria and techniques, such as Pareto-efficiency and cost-benefit analysis. It has been developed from the mid-seventies of the twentieth century and until now is in use worldwide, mainly pushed by OECD and the European Union. RIA reflects pragmatism.

The economic analysis of law, although having early roots in Europe at the age of enlightenment, has become a worldwide renown scientific approach and a vast field of interdisciplinary research at the intersection of economics and the law. It meets highest standards of sophisticated research and at the same time serves as methodology for policy recommendations.

For decades the two fields developed without explicit reference to each other. So the question emerges, what they have in common and what are the differences. This is shown and complementary use is advocated.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Business, Economics and Statistics, Department of EconomicsJoseph von Sonnenfels Center for the Study of Public Law and EconomicsViennaAustria