Keith Birks

Doctor of Philosophy, (Economics)
Study Completed: 2011
Massey Business School


Thesis Title
An economic perspective on the law: Is there "legal failure"?

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Mr Birks considered the operation of the law from the perspective of an industry delivering a service. Specific characteristics of the service are identified, distinguishing it from other economic activities. Findings indicate areas of inefficiency and unintended consequences in service delivery. Problems are also identified in law making by politicians. Improvements can result from a greater awareness of the limitations of law. Methodological issues were also investigated, providing findings that are relevant to economists when considering policy recommendations based on economic analysis.

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