Boston University School of Law

The Economics of Nuisance Law


Keith N. Hylton


Boston University School of Law Working Paper 09--05

Forthcoming in Research Handbook on the Economics of Property Law (K. Ayotte & H. E. Smith, eds., Edward Elgar, 2009)

Abstract

Economic analysis of nuisance law can be divided into two branches: the transaction cost model and the externality model.  The two models provide a relatively complete positive theory of nuisance law.  Under the externality model, nuisance law optimally regulates activity levels.  Nuisance law induces actors to choose socially optimal activity levels by imposing liability when externalized costs are far in excess of externalized benefits or not reciprocal to other background external costs.  Proximate cause doctrine plays an important role in inducing optimal activity levels.  

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Suggested Citation:

Keith N. Hylton, forthcoming in Research Handbook on the Economics of Property Law (K. Ayotte & H. E. Smith, eds., Edward Elgar, 2009)

Contact Information

Keith N. Hylton

Boston University School of Law

765 Commonwealth Avenue

Boston, MA 02215

knhylton@bu.edu

 

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