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Economic Analysis of Law

Economic analysis of law looks at legal policies, institutions, and rules through an economic perspective. Also referred to as “law and economics”, it combines two fields of study, economics and law, to apply economic methods and perspectives to legal issues. Economic analysis of law focuses on efficiency and incentives, specifically people’s reactions to incentives. It is based on the idea that when the likelihood of punishment and quantity or severity of punishment outweighs the crime, then individuals will be less likely to engage in the crime. Economic analysis of law uses the economic notion of costs and benefits and applies it to the viewpoint of the individual. Economics partners with law not to predict the consequences of the law, but to explain law from an economic point of view.

As economics focuses on efficiency and law on justice, a simple way of looking at law and economics is that the idea is created by the combination of efficiency and justice. Therefore, economics and law is used to understand the costs of justice. An example of how economics is applied to law is by governments using the cost-benefit analysis to create more cost-efficient laws, such as assessing the effects of tax avoidance and tax evasion through an economic approach. The costs that legal economists focus on are social costs and transaction costs.

The Consumer Protection Law is an example of how economics and law is used to analyze laws. When countries increase their economic activity, a divergence between social and private goods is formed and advertisement expenditure grows, thus creating imperfect competition. The government uses the Consumer Protection Law to regulate economic activities and correct the imbalances. The economic analysis of law is able to assess how efficient a law is and how the consumer will benefit from its implementation.

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Legislation is the act of developing and implementing policies and laws and regulation refers to the rules and details of these policies and laws.


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Utility is a quantitative measure of the happiness or satisfaction received by a consumer agent through consuming a good or a service.


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Contracts are terms of agreements that are accepted by two or more economic agents in order to collaborate on economic activities or trade.

types of transnational crime and organized groups

What are some of the most important examples of types of transnational crime and organized groups that commit these crimes? How have the United States and other countries tried to combat transnational crime, and with what results? Why is transnational crime so difficult to eradicate? Construct a 250-300 word posting in which you

Histogram, steam and leaf diagram, box object plots

1. From the pressure data below, make a dot diagram. Mark the location of the mean and standard deviation. (You can use Excel or MATLAB to do this by plotting x-y data where all of the y points are 0. Minitab and R can also do this.) a. 25 28 29 35 37 37 42 44 45 47 49 56 87 91 2. Using the data from the strength of material

Experiment, Pareto Chart

Question2: The test matrix and test data below show the results from a full factorial experiment on the effect of 3 variables, roughness (R), pipe diameter (D), and viscosity (V), on pressure drop in a pipe. Perform a Pareto analysis on the data to Determine the relative importance of the factors and plot in a Pareto chart.

Negligence as determined by the marginal Hand Rule

Consider a barge owner who is deciding whether to post an attendant on his barge to make sure that it remains properly moored to the pier. The following table gives the total cost of hiring the attendant,the probability of an accident, and the ...xed cost of an accident: Cost of c

Marginal probability

When an increase in precaution will reduce liability from 10% to 4%, for example, how do you compute that? If the damages were $500,000 would it be 6% of $500,000?

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In light principle-agent theory, why might dentists and attorneys be required to subscribe to professional codes of ethics that prevent (or at least limit) their ability to sell unneeded services to their clients? Why do we not see similar codes of ethics for automobile mechanics?

Lighthouse ownership

When you see a lighthouse and a child asks who made this (or had it made) how will you explain? Why?