Economic Analysis of Law

version 2.1

last updated: May 21, 2012

This webpage provides access to various materials pertaining to economic analysis of law. The materials were originally prepared to supplement a series of lectures I delivered at the University of Freiburg in May of 2011. They were then revised to supplement a second series of lectures in May of 2012. The materials are not intended to function as a treatise; they are not comprehensive, and some portions of them are intended to provoke discussion, rather than offer balanced views. Please bear their original objective in mind if you employ them for other purposes.

Map of Economic Analysis of Law

The map available through the link set forth above provides an overview of the methodology known as "economic analysis of law." A few notes on using it:

The map itself and all of the collateral slide presentations are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Sharealike 2.5 License, the terms of which are available here.

Selected Bibliography


In preparing these materials, I was assisted by a group of Harvard Law School students, who provided excellent distillations of of the recent literature concerning several dimensions of economic analysis. Many dimensions of the map and the accompanying bibliograpy reflect their contributions. Their names and the topics each examined are:

If you make use of these materials and find flaws in them -- errors that need to be corrected, gaps that need to be filled, or references to rules that have been superceded -- I would be grateful if you would let me know. It's best to send me such suggestions via email: Please use the word,"EAL," in the subject line.

William Fisher