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Steve P Calandrillo
PB AF 519
Seattle Campus

Law and Economics

Offered: jointly with LAW A 561.

Class description

The objective of this course is to introduce students to the economic approach to the analysis of law. This approach confronts challenges by seeking to identify how best to design legal rules in order to maximize social welfare.

Law & Economics principles also take into account considerations such as discrimination and unequal wealth distribution in evaluating what’s best for society. We will examine applications of Law & Economics to: tort, property, contract and criminal law; intellectual property, tobacco litigation, employment law, human organ sales, and U.S. regulatory design.

Student learning goals

How do legal rules affect the behavior of individuals and of organizations?

How do legal rules compare to each other, in terms of promoting overall social welfare?

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

All students are welcome (an economics background is NOT necessary for success in this class).

Class assignments and grading


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Blake N Cooper
Date: 12/10/2008