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 taxation and public economics, antitrust, 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 government entities and private parties.

Notable publications include: (1) Competition Policy and Price Fixing (Princeton University Press 2013), and a series of articles challenging the market definition paradigm and re-analyzing the role of market power; (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) 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; (5) Antitrust Analysis (7th ed., Aspen Publishing 2013) (with the late Phillip Areeda and Aaron Edlin) and an extensive survey, “Antitrust” (Handbook of Law and Economics 2007) (with Carl Shapiro).

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