Matteo Rizzolli
Free U. of Bolzano



(Wednesday, 18th May 2011)

Title : Experimental Economics in Law And Economics

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Economists think about the law as a set of commands backed by the threat of sanctions. Deterrence theory from Becker (1968) on and law & economics have largely detailed the scope, limits and potentials of the use of monetary and non-monetary sanctions in shaping behavior and in particular, in deterring crime. Some of these theoretical predictions can be, and indeed have been, tested in the lab. This workshop briefly surveys this body of work and points at a new directions of research.


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