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Program in Economics and the Law

The law and economics movement represents the most significant methodological innovation within legal scholarship in recent decades. The Program in Economics and the Law at the James M. Buchanan Center builds on the legacy of the law and economics tradition at George Mason University.

Under the direction of Professor Charles K. Rowley, the Program is designed to enhance the understanding of the economic nature of the law, organizing public lectures and research workshops on a wide variety of law and economics topics.

All presentations will be held from 4-30pm - 6pm at the George Mason University School of Law in Arlington, Virginia.

Distinguished Lecture Series 2000-2001

Monday, October 2, 2000, David Friedman, Professor of Law, University of California, Santa Clara, What is Missing from Law and Economics

Monday October 23, 2000, Oliver E. Williamson, Edgar F. Kaiser Professor of Business, Economics and Law, University of California at Berkeley, Why Law, Economics and Organization?

Monday, January 29, 2001, Sam Peltzman, Sears Roebuck Professor of Economics and Financial Services, University of Chicago, The Taming of Leviathan: The Coming Decline of Big Government

Monday, February 5, 2001, Michael J. Trebilcock, Professor of Law, University of Toronto, Law and Economics in Canada

Monday, March 19, 2001, Harold Demsetz, Professor of Economics, University of California at Los Angeles, to be announced

Monday, April 9, 2001, John R. Lott, Visiting Professor, Yale University School of Law, More Guns, Less Crime

Distinguished Lecture Series 1999-2000

Tuesday, September 14, 1999, Richard A. Posner, Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Cir., Economic Analysis of Law: From Jeremy Bentham to Gary S. Becker

Thursday, October 21, 1999, Steven Shavell, Professor of Law and Economics, Harvard Law School, Economics versus Fairness in Legal Analysis

Monday, November 15, 1999, Gordon Tullock, University Professor, George Mason University, The Logic of the Law

Wednesday, Februry 16, 2000, Richard A. Epstein, J. Parker Hall Distinguished Professor, University of Chicago, Law School, The Economist in Spite of Himself

Monday, March 6, 2000, James M. Buchanan, University Professor, George Mason University, Cost, Choice and Catallaxy: Retrospective Evaluation of a Virginia Dialogue

Tuesday, March 14, 2000, William A. Landes, Clifton R. Musser Professor of Law and Economics, University of Chicago, Art, Economics and Law

Monday, April 3, 2000, Henry G. Manne, Former Dean and University Professor, George Mason University, Law School, Economic Illiteracy, Ideology and Legal Intransigence: Some Thoughts on 'Selling' Law and Economics

Tuesday, April 11, 2000, Guido Calabresi, U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Cir., Economic Analysis of Law: The Importance of Institutions