This two-volume collection provides an overview of essential works for understanding one of the most important contributions to the field of law and economics: the Coase Theorem. A variety of prominent scholars contribute crucial essays, each exploring different aspects of Coase's work. Volume I explores the origins, restatements and extensions of Coase's Theorem and contains subsections on sources, positive restatements, normative corollaries, 'Coaseanism', and Coase's intellectual legacy. Volume II considers criticisms and applications of the Coase Theorem covering surveys and applications, Coasean Bargaining, Coase and the Constitution, political markets, liability, critiques, and experimental testing of the Theorem.
Along with a new and original introduction, the diverse array of authors and topics makes this compendium an indispensable tool to study one of the most cited economic theories of the 20th century.
55 articles, dating from 1959 to 2010
Contributors include: P. Bernholz, J. Buchanan, G. Calabresi, R. Cooter, H. Demsetz, R. Epstein, L. Kaplow, D. Melamed, P. Samuelson, G. Stigler