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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Hylton on Property Rules, Liability Rules, and Criminal Law

Keith N. Hylton (Boston University) has posted Some Notes on Property Rules, Liability Rules, and Criminal Law (RESEARCH HANDBOOK ON THE ECONOMICS OF CRIMINAL LAW, A. Harel, K. Hylton, eds., Edward Elgar, 2011) on SSRN. Here is the abstract:

The property-liability rules framework, which offers a robust positive theory of criminal law, has come under attack in recent years. One critique, which I label the Indifference Proposition, argues that property rules and liability rules are equivalent in low transaction cost settings. In this paper I examine the conditions under which the Indifference Proposition is valid. In several plausible low transaction-cost settings the proposition is not valid.

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