Ben Klein’s Contributions to Law and Economics
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Josh Wright has written a nice piece on Benjamin Klein for Josh’s forthcoming volume with Lloyd Cohen, Pioneers of Law and Economics. Klein’s 1978 paper with Armen Alchian and Robert Crawford and his 1981 paper with Keith Leffler are of course part of the organizational economics canon. His ongoing debate with Ronald Coase on the GM-Fisher Body case has helped clarify important issues on the role of asset specificity in vertical integration.
Trivia: Klein and Walter Block were college roommates at Columbia. Walter tells me they even went together to Ayn Rand’s apartment once during Walter’s Randian phase.