A Book That “Underpromsises and Overdelivers”

Josh Wright —  23 July 2010

So says Professor Zagros Madjd-Sadjadi (Winston-Salem State University) about the volume on Pioneers of Law and Economics (which I edited along with my colleague Lloyd Cohen, and to which I contributed a chapter on the contributions of Ben Klein to law and economics).  The full book review, appearing in the American Review of Policy Economy, is available here.  The first paragraph reads:

Every once in a while, a book comes along that underpromises and overdelivers.  This book is just such an accomplishment and that is all the more remarkable because it is one of those rare birds that is not only an edited volume but one with pure gems in each and every essay. Each of the essays in this text centers on one particular individual who made his (and all of the individuals referenced as pioneers are men) mark on the then-nascent field of law and economics.

Along with the praise, Madjd-Sadjadi faults us for omitting Smith, Ricardo, Commons, and Hayek.

The volume is available for purchase here.