Handbook on Law, Innovation and Growth

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Robert E. Litan
Edward Elgar, 2011 - Law - 332 pages
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This Handbook provides breakthrough analyses on an important, cutting-edge topic: the connections between the legal system, both in substance and process, and innovation and growth. Arguably the most important intellectual development in legal scholarship and judicial decision-making over the past four decades has been the increasing use of economic modes of analysis in legal reasoning. The Handbook on Law, Innovation and Growth sheds new light on the linkages between innovation, growth and the legal system, answering questions that will help policymakers better understand and implement the law in an effort to advance economic welfare. This Handbook brings together many prominent scholars to examine the features of the legal infrastructure that affect both innovation and growth. Individual chapters explore different legal subject areas, in most cases offering recommendations for rule changes that could accelerate growth, primarily in the context of the US economy. The introductory chapter cohesively ties all of the contributions together and explains why it is time for legal scholarship and research to move in a new direction.Surpassing other literature on the subject, this landmark Handbook is certainly a critical volume for any student or scholar of law and economics.

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About the author (2011)

Robert E. Litan is a senior fellow in Economic Studies at Brookings and vice president for research and policy at the Kaufmann Foundation. His most recent book is Good Capitalism, Bad Capitalism, and the Economics of Growth and Prosperity (Yale, 2007), written with William Baumol and Carl Schramm.

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