Louis Kaplow

Finn M. W. Caspersen and Household International Professor of Law and Economics


Louis Kaplow is Finn M.W. Caspersen and Household International Professor of Law and Economics at Harvard Law School, Associate Director of the John M. Olin Center for Law, Economics, and Business, a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  He has a Ph.D. in economics and a J.D. from Harvard University.  He has published widely in the fields of antitrust, taxation and public economics, law and economics, and welfare economics and moral philosophy.  He serves on editorial boards of numerous journals and has been an economic and legal consultant to various government entities and private parties.

Notable recent publications include: (1) Competition Policy and Price Fixing (Princeton University Press 2013); (2) The Theory of Taxation and Public Economics (Princeton University Press 2008), and a series of related articles presenting a new framework for the analysis of taxation and related subjects in public economics; (3) Fairness versus Welfare (Harvard University Press 2002) (with Steven Shavell), an analytical argument and synthesis at the intersection of economics, moral philosophy, and law; (4) Antitrust Analysis (7th ed., Aspen Publishing, forthcoming) (with the late Phillip Areeda and Aaron Edlin), the leading legal text in the field, and an extensive survey, “Antitrust” (Handbook of Law and Economics 2007) (with Carl Shapiro); (5) Analytical Methods for Lawyers (2nd ed., Foundation Press 2011) (with Howell Jackson, Steven Shavell, W. Kip Viscusi, and David Cope), an innovative text creating a new foundational course for law students.

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