Economics and Environmental Law Scholarship

In Perspectives on Environmental Law Scholarship: Essays on Purpose, Shape and Direction (Ole W. Pedersen ed. 2018)

Caroline Cecot and Michael A. Livermore

The economic perspective has had an important, if constrained, influence on environmental law scholarship. Despite having a vast influence in other legal areas, economics has penetrated less fully into the field of environmental law. Some scholars, especially those of an economic bent, might bemoan this state of affairs, while others with different ideological or intellectual commitments might celebrate.

What is clear is that environmental law scholars have resisted a broader trend within the academic legal community – especially within the United States – toward increasing reliance on the tools and concepts of economics. This resistance has shaped the content of environmental law scholarship as well as, perhaps, its influence among legal scholars and within the broader policy environment.

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