The Future of Law and Economics Part 6: Wrap Up & A Brief Reply to Manne on Empirical L&E

In Part V of the series on the future of law and economics (Parts I, II, III, and IV), Henry Manne graciously offered a reply to my thoughts on where L&E might be headed and why. I encourage the readers interested in the series to take time to re-read Henry’s response in its entirety. While Henry and I agree on many points concerning the problems facing L&E and what might be causing them, I interpret his post as raising two major points of disagreement. The first is that I largely ignored issues of ideology (see also Brian Tamahana’s comment here) and their role as a force pushing modern L&E out of law schools. That is fair enough. I agree with this point in the sense that I don’t think there is any doubt that the shift in the content of modern L&E toward empiricism, behavioral law and economics, and theoretical modeling is consistent with a theory that those forms of L&E are likely to be much more acceptable to the political left than the L&E scholarship of the previous several decades.

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