Living Reference Work Entry

Encyclopedia of Law and Economics

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Date: Latest Version


  • Charles H. AndertonAffiliated withCollege of the Holy Cross Email author 
  • , Jurgen BrauerAffiliated withHull College of Business, Georgia Regents University


The entry defines crimes of mass atrocity, such as genocide, provides data on their intensity, and discusses domestic and international institutions formed to address the crimes. In addition, the entry briefly surveys the economic literature on mass atrocity crimes from theoretical and empirical perspectives. It pays particular attention to the economics of international law.