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The Encounters of Economic History and Legal History
Law and History Review (2003)
  • Ron Harris, Tel Aviv University
After the rise to dominance of the neo-classical school in economics in the 1920s and 1930s, legal historians manifested very little interest in economic theory. ... Libecap is an economist and a historian with an established interest in law. ... Thus the legal historian most likely to turn to economic theory, new economic history, or HNIE for assistance did not do so. ... From the perspective of legal history, the prospect for interaction with economic history, which had emerged in the 1960s and 1970s, declined again in the 1980s and 1990s. ... Critical reading of economic history literature, particularly HNIE literature that deals directly with legal rules and legal institutions, may make legal historians aware of historical problems that were exposed but not satisfactorily addressed by economic theoretical insights. ... To be less cryptic, the first group includes Harry Scheiber and his colleagues and students (Arthur McEvoy, Charles McCurdy, Tony Freyer, Victoria Woeste), the second a legal historian from Douglass North's Washington University (Stuart Banner), the third, legal historians educated at the University of Chicago Law School or influenced by law and economics (Dan Klerman, Jenny Wahl), and the fourth, legal historians interested in modern British legal history who were exposed to British rather than American economic history
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Ron Harris. "The Encounters of Economic History and Legal History" Law and History Review Vol. 21 Iss. 2 (2003)
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