Law and Economics in Europe

Foundations and Applications

  • Klaus Mathis

Part of the Economic Analysis of Law in European Legal Scholarship book series (EALELS, volume 1)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiv
  2. Civil Law Versus Common Law

  3. Economic and Legal Thinking

  4. The Limits of Legal Transplants

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 175-175
    2. Balz Hammer, Sandra Duss
      Pages 177-205
    3. Ariane Morin
      Pages 207-229
    4. Zinon Koumbarakis
      Pages 253-271
  5. Economic Analysis in EU Law

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 389-396

About this book


This anthology illustrates how law and economics is developing in Europe and what opportunities and problems – both in general and specific legal fields – are associated with this approach within the legal traditions of European countries. The first part illuminates the differences in the development and reception of the economic analysis of law in the American Common Law system and in the continental European Civil Law system. The second part focuses on the different ways of thinking of lawyers and economists, which clash in economic analysis of law. The third part is devoted to legal transplants, which often accompany the reception of law and economics from the United States. Finally, the fourth part focuses on the role economic analysis plays in the law of the European Union. This anthology with its 14 essays from young European legal scholars is an important milestone in establishing a European law and economics culture and tradition.


Class-Action Lawsuits Continental Dogmatism and Law and Economics Theory Economic Analysis of Law Economic and Legal Decision Theory Efficient Liability Rules Homo Economicus Versus Homo Iuridicus Law and Economics in Europe Law’s Assumptions about Human Behaviour Legal Doctrine Behavioural Economics Legal Doctrine and Behavioural Economics Predictive Realistic Strategies of Judicial Principled Approach to Law and Economics Role of Economics in Constitutional Adjudication

Editors and affiliations

  • Klaus Mathis
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of LawUniversity of LucerneLucerneSwitzerland

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