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Aims and Scope
The Review of Law & Economics (RLE) is published in cooperation with the European Association of Law and Economics (EALE) and De Gruyter. The Review publishes theoretical and empirical interdisciplinary research in law and economics-related subjects. The Journal explores the various understandings that economic approaches shed on legal institutions.
The Review specializes in the application to legal issues of insights developed in economic disciplines such as microeconomics and game theory, finance, econometrics, and decision theory, as well as in related disciplines such as political economy and public choice, behavioral economics and social psychology, and evolutionary biology.
Unlike traditional journals in law and economics, The Review of Law & Economics is published over the Internet, avoiding much of the delays and hassle of print publication. The electronic content in the journal appears continuously, as articles are accepted for publication. The journal also publishes two special issues at the end of every year, the first with papers from the European Association of Law and Economics annual symposium, and the second on a timely special topic.
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Francesco Parisi, University of Minnesota and University of Bologna USA and Italy
Robert Cooter, University of California, Berkeley USA
Fernando Gómez, Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona Spain
Tonja Jacobi, Northwestern University
Lewis Kornhauser, New York University USA
Thomas S. Ulen, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
John Armour, University of Oxford, UK
Benito Arrunada, Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona, Spain
Ian Ayres, Yale University, USA
Lucian Bebchuck, Harvard University, USA
Omri Ben-Shahar, University of Chicago, USA
Iris Bohnet, Harvard University, USA
Roger Bowles, University of York, UK
Dhammika Dharmapala, University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, USA
Frank H. Easterbrook, University of Chicago, USA
Robert C. Ellickson, Yale University, USA
Winand Emons, University of Bern, Switzerland
Michael Faure, University of Maastricht, The Netherlands
Paul Fenn, University of Nottingham, UK
Luigi Franzoni, University of Bologna, Italy
Bruno S. Frey, University of Zurich, Switzerland
Jesse M. Fried, Harvard University, USA
Fernando Gómez, Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona, Spain
Andrew T. Guzman, University of California, Berkeley, USA
Henry B. Hansmann, Yale University, USA
Christine Jolls, Yale University, USA
Louis Kaplow, Harvard University, USA
Roland Kirstein, Otto-von-Guericke University, Germany
Henrik Lando, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
Antony Ogus, University of Manchester, UK
A. Mitchell Polinsky, Stanford University, USA
Eric A. Posner, University of Chicago, USA
Richard A. Posner, University of Chicago, USA
Daniel L. Rubinfeld, University of California, Berkeley, USA
Chris William Sanchirico, University of Pennsylvania, USA
Steven M. Shavell, Harvard University, USA
Goran Skögh, Linköping University, Sweden
Paul B. Stephan III, University of Virginia, USA
Cass R. Sunstein, Harvard University, USA
Thomas S. Ulen, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Roger van den Bergh, University of Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Editor-in-Chief: Francesco Parisi, University of Minnesota and University of Bologna
Robert Cooter, University of California, Berkeley
Ben Depoorter, University of California, Hastings and Ghent University
Gerrit De Geest, Washington University in St. Louis
Nuno Garoupa, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Lewis Kornhauser, New York University
Past and Current Editors
(listed alphabetically, since 2004)
Robert Cooter (2004–), University of California, Berkeley
Dominique Demougin (2014–2017), European Business School
Ben Depoorter (2004–2011), University of California, Hastings and Ghent University
Gerrit De Geest (2004–2009), Washington University in St. Louis
Nuno Garoupa (2004–2010), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Fernando Gómez (2011–2014), Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona
Tonja Jacobi (2012–2015), Northwestern University
Lewis Kornhauser (2004–), New York University
Giuseppe Dari Mattiacci (2010–2013), University of Amsterdam
Francesco Parisi (2004–), University of Minnesota and University of Bologna
Thomas S. Ulen (2013–2016), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Stefan Voigt (2009–2012), University of Hamburg