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Richard A. Posner, 1939-

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US jurist and New Institutionalist economist of the "Law and Economics" movement at Chicago Law School.

Posner is a judge in the 7th Circuit Court of the United States.



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Major Works of Richard A. Posner

  • "Taxation by Regulation", 1971, Bell JE
  • "Theory of Negligence", 1972, J Legal Studies
  • Economic Analysis of Law, 1973
  • "Economic Justice and the Economist", 1973, Public Interest.
  • "The Social Costs of Monopoly and Regulation", 1975, JPE
  • Antitrust Law: An Economic perspective, 1976.
  • "Legal Precedent: a theoretical and empirical analysis", with W.Landes, 1976, J Law Econ [nber]
  • "Salvors, Finders, Good Samaritans and Other Rescuers", with W.Landes, 1978, J Legal Studies
  • "An Approach to the Regulation of Bank Holding Companies", with F. Black  and M.H. Miller,1978,  J of Business
  • "Utilitarianism, Economics, and Legal Theory", 1979, J Legal Studies
  • "Joint and Multiple Tortfeasors", with W. Landes, 1980, J Legal Studies
  • "Ethical and Political Basis of the Efficiency Norm in Common Law Adjudication", 1980, Hofstra Law Rev
  • The Economics of Justice, 1981.
  • The Economic Structure of Tort Law with  W. Landes,  1984
  • "An Economic Analysis of Copyright Law", with  W. Landes, 1989 [online]
  • Sex and Reason, 1992
  • Aging and Old Age, 1995
  • Law and Legal Theory in England and America, 1996
  • "The Problematics of Moral and Legal Theory", 1998, Harvard Law Rev  [pdf]
  • An Affair of State: The Investigation, Impeachment, and Trial of President Clinton, 1997
  • The Problematics of Moral and Legal Theory, 1999
  • Public Intellectuals: A study of decline, 2001.
  • Law, Pragmatism and Democracy, 2003
  • Catastrophe: Risk and response, 2004
  •  The Economic Structure of Intellectual Property Law with W. Landes,, 2003
  •  The Political Economy of Intellectual Property Law, with W. Landes, 2004
  • Preventing Surprise Attacks: Intelligence Reform in the Wake of 9/11, 2005
  • How Judges Think, 2008
  • A Failure of Capitalism: The Crisis of '08 and the Descent into Depression, 2009
  • The Crisis of Capitalist Democracy, 2010
  • The Behavior of Federal Judges: A Theoretical and Empirical Study of Rational Choice with Lee Epstein and W.M. Landes, 2013
  • Reflections on Judging, 2013




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Resources on Richard Posner

  • Richard Posner's homepage
  • Richard Posner page at Chicago Law School
  • The Becker-Posner blog at Chicago Law
  • Posner columns in the Atlantic
  • "Philosophy & Monica Lewinsky: Review of Posner" by Ronald Dworkin, 1999, NY Review of Books [online]
  • "The Outrageous Pragmatism Of Judge Richard Posner" by J.Ryerson, 2000, Lingua Franca [online]
  • "Against Posner against Coase against theory" by U Mńki, 1998, Cambridge JE 
  • Wikipedia


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