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Law and Economics 1

The course aims to provide an in depth understanding of the economic analysis of the law.

Throughout the course the emphasis lies on the interplay between economic incentives and the design of laws and contracts. The effects on economic efficiency and the distribution of resources are of particular interest. The course follows a traditional law and economics curriculum and includes discussions of property rights, transactions cost, contract theory, tort law, the legal process and crime and punishment.

  • Course structure

    This is a 7.5 credit course. One week of full-time studies equals 1.5 credits.

    Course material will be available through the learning platform Athena during the course.

    Teaching format

    Instruction is given in the form of lectures. The language of instruction is English.


    The course is examined on the basis of written examinations.


    Examiner and Course director: Lars Vahtrik

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.

    Cooter, R., Ulen, T., Law and Economics, Pearson Education, latest edition.

  • Contact

    Course administrator intermediate level
    Academic advisor first level
    Director of studies - first and second level