Law and Economics of Possession

Law and Economics of Possession

By: Yun-Chien Chang (editor)Hardback

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Possession is a key concept in both the common and civil law, but it has hitherto received little scrutiny. Law and Economics of Possession uses insights from economics, psychology and history to analyse possession in law, compare and contrast possession with ownership, break down the elements of possession as a fact and as a right, challenge the adage that 'possession is 9/10 of the law', examine possession as notice, explain the heuristics of possession, debunk the behavioural studies which confuse possession with ownership, explore the LightSquared dispute from the perspective of 'possession' of spectrum frequency and provide new insights to old questions such as first possession, adverse possession and property jurisdiction. The authors include leading property scholars, who examine possession laws in, among others, the USA, UK, China, Taiwan, Japan, Germany, France, Israel, the Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Austria.

About Author

Yun-chien Chang is an Associate Research Professor at Institutum Iurisprudentiae, Academia Sinica, Taiwan, where he also serves as the Deputy Director of its Empirical Legal Studies Center.


Introduction Yun-chien Chang; Part I. Foundation: 1. Ownership and possession Thomas Merrill; 2. The law is nine-tenths of possession: an adage turned on its head Carol M. Rose; 3. The elements of possession Henry Smith; 4. The economy of concept and possession Yun-chien Chang; 5. The possession heuristic James Krier and Christopher Serkin; 6. Dividing possessory rights Daniel B. Kelly; 7. The titling role of possession Benito Arrunada; 8. What behavioral studies can teach jurists about possession and vice versa Daphna Lewinsohn-Zamir; Part II. Specific Issues: 9. Possession and licenses: the FCC, weak spectrum rights and the LightSquared debacle Richard Epstein; 10. Jurisdiction, choice of law and property Daniel Klerman; 11. Adverse possession, optional law, and 'small property' Shitong Qiao; 12. Title in the shadow of possession Abraham Bell.

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  • ISBN13: 9781107083547
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 364
  • ID: 9781107083547
  • weight: 660
  • ISBN10: 1107083540

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