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Research in Law and Economics

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ISSN: 0193-5895

Editor: Professor James Langenfeld
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Research in Law and Economics (RLE) publishes interdisciplinary research in the field of law and economics. Law and economics research has had an enormous impact on the laws of contracts, torts, property, crimes, corporations, and antitrust, as well as public regulation and fundamental rights. The RLE publishes research that draws on a wide variety of law and economics methods, and welcomes submissions that use formal economic theory, econometrics, and experiments. In addition, the editors encourage well-written articles that employ law and economic reasoning in plain language, especially when based on actual legal and regulatory decisions.

The RLE was founded in 1976, and has published many influential and well-cited articles. The RLE maintains the highest scholarly standards and all submissions are refereed. It seeks to publish international work that is accessible to practicing lawyers, economic consultants, regulators, and academic lawyers and economists.

Contact the Editorial Team

Professor James Langenfeld
Adjunct Professor, Johns Hopkins University
[email protected]

Assistant Editor
Edwin Galeano
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Pete Baker
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Call for Papers


Artificial Intelligence, New Information Technologies, and Two-sided Platform Markets

The editors of Research in Law and Economics (RLE) are seeking articles from scholars, attorneys, and economists that address the law and economics of artificial intelligence, new information technologies, and two-sided platform markets for inclusion in Volume 29, to be published late 2019. Authors are encouraged to submit papers by June 2019. Shorter papers approaching 10,000 words are welcome, as are longer “law review” styled pieces.

In many ways, artificial intelligence and new information technologies present nothing new to law. Legal relationships between people, businesses, and governments on the one hand, and their machines and information on the other, are governed by existing legislation, regulation, and private law. Do artificial intelligence (AI), new information technologies, and “big data” actually present unique challenges for law and regulation? This important and timely question remains unanswered, and continues to be probed by scholars and various government agencies, including the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, the French Digital Council, and the German Data Ethics Commission.

While more data promises greater precision of legal rules, data-driven models can suffer from bias and overfit.  To what extent should regulators and jurists try to set limits on new technologies, and then rely on those same technologies to evaluate legal and regulatory questions? What type of training and abilities will future lawyers, regulators, and lawmakers require? How does AI, big data, and two-sided platform markets impact consumer welfare and business, and how should law and regulation respond? How should AI accident risk be managed? What are the benefits and costs of various private law solutions, such as those grounded in the rules of property, contract, and tort? What are the benefits and costs of various regulatory approaches? What constitutes good policy and lawyering in the face of data-driven approaches to learning and the automation of traditional tasks? 

Research in Law and Economics welcomes submissions that address these and related issues for inclusion in Volume 29.  In addition to this primary focus of the next Volume, the RLE continues to encourage submission of articles on legal and economic issues that relate to litigation, regulation, or policy areas such as competition, intellectual property, labor, contracts, property, and torts for inclusion in Volume 29 or 30.

Submissions should be emailed to the editors at [email protected], [email protected], and [email protected].

Manuscript Submission Guidelines

Title Page

The Title Page should include:
•    paper title
•    name(s) of author(s)
•    affiliation(s) of author(s)
•    email address of corresponding author


Please include an abstract of 150-250 words.


Please include four to six keywords for indexing.


Please provide the appropriate JEL codes. The classification system is published by the Journal of Economic Literature.

Table of Contents

Longer articles should contain a table of contents for major headings.


Manuscripts should be submitted in MS-Word or LaTeX.


Please use the decimal system of headings (e.g. 1, 1.1, 1.1.1.)


Abbreviations should be defined at first mention and used consistently throughout the remainder of the paper.


Endnotes can be used to provide additional information. They are numbered consecutively.  Always use endnotes instead of footnotes.


Acknowledgements of people, funders, grants, and so on, should be included on the title page.


Cite to references in the text with name and year in parentheses, such as:
•    The economic analysis of law is a growing discipline (Parisi 2004).
•    This concept is emphasized in Kaplow (1993).
•    Analysts have reasoned that the common law is efficient (Priest 1977; Rubin 1977).

Reference List

Include a reference list at the end of the paper. Entries should be alphabetized by last name of the first author of the work.

Journal Articles

Thompson, A. (2009). The effect of hospital mergers on inpatient prices: A case study of the new
Hanover-Cape Fear Transaction. International Journal of the Economics of Business, 18(1), 91-101.


Kwoka, J. (2014). Mergers, merger control, and remedies. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Book Chapters

Biddle J. (1991). The Instrumental Presentism of John R. Commons. In Brown, J. and van
Keuren, D. (eds.) The Estate of Social Knowledge, Baltimore, MD: John Hopkins Press, pp. 84-105.

Journal names and book titles should be italicized.

Case Law

Please follow the style of The Blue Book: A Uniform System of Citation.

FTC v. Butterworth Health Corp., 946 F. Supp. 1285, 1302 (W.D. Mich. 1996), aff’d per curiam,
121 F.3d 708 (6th Cir. 1997).

English Editing

Authors must ensure that the English language is of sufficiently high quality for publication. If needed, authors are encouraged to consult an English-language editing service such as American Journal Experts.




Publication ethics

This publication adopts the Emerald Publication Ethics guidelines which fully support the development of, and practical application of consistent ethical standards throughout the scholarly publishing community.

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