Legal Analyst A Toolkit for Thinking about the Law

ISBN-10: 0226238350

ISBN-13: 9780226238357

Edition: 2007

Authors: Ward Farnsworth

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There are two kinds of knowledge law school teaches: legal rules on the one hand, and tools for thinking about legal problems on the other. Although the tools are far more interesting and useful than the rules, they tend to be neglected in favor of other aspects of the curriculum. In "The Legal Analyst," Ward Farnsworth brings together in one place all of the most powerful of those tools for thinking about law. From classic ideas in game theory such as the "Prisoner's Dilemma" and the "Stag Hunt" to psychological principles such as hindsight bias and framing effects, from ideas in jurisprudence such as the slippery slope to more than two dozen other such principles, Farnsworth's guide leads readers through the fascinating world of legal thought. Each chapter introduces a single tool and shows how it can be used to solve different types of problems. The explanations are written in clear, lively language and illustrated with a wide range of examples. "The Legal Analyst" is an indispensable user's manual for law students, experienced practitioners seeking a one-stop guide to legal principles, or anyone else with an interest in the law.
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Book details

List price: $29.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 6/15/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 326
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.298

Ward Farnsworth is dean and the John Jeffers Research Chair in Law at the University of Texas School of Law. He is the author many books, including The Legal Analyst, also published by the University of Chicago Press.   

Preface
Acknowledgments
Incentives
Ex Ante and Ex Post
The Idea of Efficiency
Thinking at the Margin
The Single Owner
The Least Cost Avoider
Administrative Cost
Rents
The Coase Theorem
Trust, Cooperation, and Other Problems for Multiple Players
Agency
The Prisoner's Dilemma
Public Goods
The Stag Hunt
Chicken
Cascades
Voting Paradoxes
Suppressed Markets
Jurisprudence
Rules and Standards
Slippery Slopes
Acoustic Separation
Property Rules and Liability Rules
Baselines
Psychology
Willingness to Pay and Willingness to Accept: The Endowment Effect and Kindred Ideas
Hindsight Bias
Framing Effects
Anchoring
Self-Serving Bias, with a Note on Attribution Error
Problems of Proof
Presumptions
Standards of Proof
The Product Rule
The Base Rate
Value and Markets
Notes
Author Index
Subject Index
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