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Should I help my Neighbor? Self-interest, Altruism and Economic Analyses of Rescue Laws
European Journal of Law and Economics (2009)
  • Alain Marciano
  • Sophie Harnay
Abstract
This article shows that the economic analyses of rescue laws developed in the ‘70s are the outcome of a long-term process that began at the end of the 1950s with the passing of the first legislations intended to promote and control rescue behaviour (the so-called ‘‘good Samaritan’’ legislations, acts or statutes) and that finally results in the economic models of rescue developed by Landes and Posner (The Journal of Legal Studies, 7(1):83–128, 1978a; The American Economic Review, 68(2):417–421, 1978b). The article investigates the context that made the occurrence of the economic analysis of rescue law possible and the controversies that it fueled in both the legal and economic fields. It also highlights the influence of the economic analysis of altruism on this particular field of law and economics.
Keywords
  • Altruism,
  • Good Samaritan laws,
  • Law and Economics,
  • Economic Analysis of Law,
  • Liability,
  • Posner,
  • Epstein,
  • Becker
Publication Date
Winter 2009
Citation Information
Alain Marciano and Sophie Harnay. "Should I help my Neighbor? Self-interest, Altruism and Economic Analyses of Rescue Laws" European Journal of Law and Economics Vol. 28 (2009)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/alain_marciano/2/