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ECC4720 - Law and economics

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate, Postgraduate Faculty of Business and Economics

Leader(s): Professor Russell Smyth


Australia (Other) First semester 2009 (Off-campus block of classes)


The unit applies the method of economics to the analysis of the law itself - to the structure of the common law, legal processes, legal institutions and statutory regulation, and to the impact of law on the behaviour of individuals and groups and the functioning of the economy. Topics include: is there a role for law and economics in studying the law, economics of crime and capital punishment, punitive damages, interest group theories of judicial independence and the determinants of judicial influence and prestige.


Within semester assessment: 30%
Examination (3 hours): 70%

Contact hours

3 hours per week


Students must be enrolled in course code 0181, 0024 or 0171 to undertake this unit



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