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Theories of Economic Regulation
A major challenge to social theory is to explain the pattern of government intervention in the market - what we may call "economic regulation." Properly defined, the term refers to taxes and
The Long-Run Growth in Obesity as a Function of Technological Change
It is argued that technological change provides a natural interpretation of the long-run growth in obesity, that it predicts that the effect of income on obesity changes from positive to negative with economic development, and that it implies that technological changes may not continue to raise weight.
An Economic Analysis of Copyright Law
INTELLECTUAL property is a natural field for economic analysis of law,1 and copyright is an important form of intellectual property. Yet while there are good introductions to the economics of
The Economic Structure of Intellectual Property Law
Introduction 1. The Economic Theory of Property 2. How to Think about Copyright 3. A Formal Model of Copyright 4. Basic Copyright Doctrines 5. Copyright in Unpublished Works 6. Fair Use, Parody, and
The Social Costs of Monopoly and Regulation
  • R. Posner
  • Economics
    Journal of Political Economy
  • 1 September 1974
This paper presents a model and some highly tentative empirical estimates of the social costs of monopoly and monopoly-inducing regulation in the United States. Unlike the previous studies, it
An Economic Approach to the Law of Evidence
The law of evidence is the body of rules that determines what, and how, information may be provided to a legal tribunal that must resolve a factual dispute. The importance of the accurate resolution
An Economic Approach to Legal Procedure and Judicial Administration
  • R. Posner
  • Law
    The Journal of Legal Studies
  • 1 June 1973
requires an understanding of the operating principles of the system for resolving legal disputes. This article seeks to advance that understanding by means of the powerful tools of economic theory.
Trademark Law: An Economic Perspective
THAT the law of intellectual property, including trademark law, can be analyzed in economic terms is no longer an insight with any power to astonish or even to offend.1 What the literature thus far
A Theory of Primitive Society, with Special Reference to Law
  • R. Posner
  • Economics
    The Journal of Law and Economics
  • 1 April 1980
THIS paper uses economic theory to explain some of the characteristic social, including legal, institutions of primitive and archaic societies. The literary remains of a number of early civilizations
The Independent Judiciary in an Interest-Group Perspective
We believe that at a deeper level the independent judiciary is not only consistent with, but essential to, the interest-group theory of government. Part I of this paper explains our theory of the