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2003

Law and Economics

Ron Harris

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The Uses Of History In Law And Economics, Ron Harris Jan 2003

The Uses Of History In Law And Economics, Ron Harris

Ron Harris

During the last quarter of the twentieth century, the humanities and social sciences have turned toward history, something that culminated in the 1990s, and this phenomenon was evident in law as well. However, until recently, law and economics, the most influential post-World War II jurisprudential movement, was historical in its methodology and research agenda. The first objective of this article is to call attention to this neglected characteristic of law and economics and to explain its causes by analyzing its intellectual origins, its methodological causes, and the nature of its interaction with other sub-fields of law and of economics. The ...