Sunday, August 7, 2016

Parthenon Marbles, etc., Update

The delayed revision of the Parthenon Marbles paper was "completed" some time ago, though perhaps there will be more revisions in the future? At any rate, the current version is available here. And I did meet my reading goal of Jonathan Haidt's The Righteous Mind, which is one of the best social science books I have read in quite awhile; only sorry I didn't read it a few years ago. Here's a short article by Cass Sunstein applying Haidt's ideas to the Republican National Convention of July, 2016.

For the future, well, I must buckle down for a (new) paper on Russian vice policy (alcohol, tobacco, gambling), but events related to that endeavor will be chronicled on the sister blog. I would like to make a reading commitment here, though: how about Narconomics, by Tom Wainwright? I'll also think about further revisions to the Parthenon Marbles paper,  and possibly look into submitting it to some perfectly innocent, unsuspecting journal.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Mann Act Book Review and One Missed Deadline...

...or at least one that I am willing to acknowledge. But I will start with something completed, as foreshadowed in my previous nDrafts post: a book review of Policing Sexuality: The Mann Act and the Making of the FBI by Jessica R. Pliley, available here. Further, the short paper on regulating cocaine has been completed, as has been the referee report on a paper concerning addiction. Oh, and yes, my reading commitment has been fulfilled, with The Parthenon Enigma, by Joan Breton Connelly, added to the "books promiscuously read" pile. OK, so I did manage to take care of a few loose ends in the last couple months.

As for the missed deadline, that refers to the revised version of a paper about the Parthenon Marbles at the British Museum. The new (missed?) deadline is April 18. I'd also like to begin to at least muse over the paper for this fall on vice policy in Russia, and hmmm, what to read, what to read? How about The Righteous Mind, by Jonathan Haidt?

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Loose Ends Revisited, and Next Steps

Some 8 months ago I noted the status of a few "loose ends;" I thought I would take this opportunity to update those, and to indicate some plans for the next, uh, 8 months or so.

The loose ends, and the updates:

(1) reading a book on prostitution policy and writing a review of it; this is complete and the review should appear forthwith;
(2) revising markedly a second kidney compensation paper; this is complete.
(3) writing a paper on the Parthenon Marbles at the British Museum; this is complete, and
(4) preparing a paper on vice policy for a conference in Russia; this is complete. A Russian language version of the paper should soon be available(!).

The next few weeks involve revising the Parthenon Marbles paper; I hope to post updates on Five Drafts. In this same time period I have to write a referee report for a paper concerning addiction --  I only mention it here as a personal reminder and spur to action. I also intend, over the next few months, to write another Russia-related vice paper, this time covering alcohol, tobacco, and gambling. There will probably also be a second paper (topic yet unknown) to employ some of my time in these next 8 months, and there are rumblings of the next book. When the book project materializes, I will post more here; the other projects are likely to be discussed or lamented on Five Drafts.

Oh my goodness, I almost forgot -- in the next few weeks, I hope to produce a short paper on regulating cocaine. 

I am always game for trying to commit to reading a book or two, too; right now, let me make that commitment to The Parthenon Enigma, by Joan Breton Connelly -- I already am well into it, so I am feeling confident. 

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

The Law and Econ Project, Culmination [Updated, July 16, 2015]

Concepts in Law and Economics: A Guide for the Curious will be out soon, oh but it will, through the good offices of Oxford University Press. Please celebrate by buying (OK, pre-ordering) multiple copies. If you are impatient -- and why shouldn't you be? -- the e-book already is available.

Loose Ends

In the most recent post I mentioned a few other tasks beyond the ongoing Law and Economics book project. They involved...

(1) reading a book on prostitution policy and writing a review of it;
(2) revising markedly a second kidney compensation paper (paper one is now out, available here); 
(3) writing a paper on the Parthenon Marbles at the British Museum; and, 
(4) preparing a paper on vice policy for a conference in Russia.

Here is where progress stands...
(1) the book has been read, extensive notes taken, and a draft review has been fashioned but not polished; this project is now behind schedule, and I want to complete it soon;
(2) the revisions are complete and the kidney paper, for the time being, is in the able hands of my co-author;
(3) the Parthenon Marbles paper is essentially unstarted, but is now a top priority, with a schedule, and everything; and,
(4) the vice policy paper -- "Robust Alcohol Policy in Russia: Some Aspirational Measures" -- is complete, and can be downloaded at zero nominal charge here.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Law and Econ Project, Update XIV

The "final" version of the L and E book went in to the publisher on October 5, a few days beyond the October 1 deadline. I then proceeded to drag my feet on various ancillary matters, but sent a further slightly revised version (responding to some editorial suggestions) on December 1. More foot dragging on my end with respect to design decisions (footnotes or endnotes? font and layout? cover art? acknowledgements?), but those have been handled and I believe the ball is in the publisher's court for the time being. I agreed to prepare the index myself, so when the proofs are ready I will have to take that on. My experience in this department is that the process of preparing an index is deadly dull -- but, for what it is worth, the index itself is probably better than using an outside contractor, and second, preparing it forces you to go over the text carefully one more time, a couple months after you last have looked at it, and that sometimes leads to improvements.

In the next few months I have to read a book on prostitution policy and write a review of it; revise markedly a second kidney compensation paper (paper one is now out, available here); write a paper on the Parthenon Marbles at the British Museum; and, prepare a paper on vice policy for a conference in Russia. I will probably attempt to progress on some of the activities while using the companion blog to this one...  UPDATE: OK, I have decided to use Five Drafts only for the Russian vice policy paper and for the revisions to kidney paper 2. That leaves nDrafts as the place to report on the book review and the Parthenon Marbles.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Law and Econ Project, Update XIII

Well, in at least one dimension, the recent plan has been fulfilled: I made it all the way through the nutshell series book on Law and Economics. Enjoyed it, too. The seemingly more pressing matter of completing my own book also has been accomplished, more or less, though not according to the detailed plan. Nonetheless, everything (except the Acknowledgements) is about ready to go. There will be some frantic last minute revising over the next week or two -- so I won't adopt any deadlines for reading -- but the final version should look pretty much like the current one. Not sure whether that is good or bad news.

I'll append the Table of Contents.  When I compare it with the version from 2.5 years ago, well, yes, changes (I hope improvements) have been made, but the similarities seem to dominate the differences. (Chapters 3, 4, and 5, largely are intact -- I wonder how much those intact sections themselves have been revised?) Hmmm. For my own edification, I'll put asterisks next to new or perhaps massively altered sections.

Concepts in Law and Economics: A Guide for the Curious
Jim Leitzel

Table of Contents
             The Original of Laura
            Choice in the Shadow of the Law
Chapter 1: E pluribus unum
                        Jeremy Bentham
            The Art of the Deal
            Why Maximize Aggregate Wellbeing?
                        *Just Compensation
            Common Law and Civil Law
            The Coase Theorem
            Establishing a Market to Erode Rent Controls
            The Coase Corollary
            More on Property Rights and Efficiency: The Tragedy of the Commons
            The Reverse of the Medal: Property Rights and the Anticommons
                        *An Aside on View Blocking
            *What Happens When a Property Right is Infringed?

 Chapter 2: Efficiency pluribus unum
 *The Sixty Minute Law School
*Property, Mostly a Reprise
            *Who Owns Meteorites?
            Expectation Damages and Efficient Breach
                        Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., on Bad Men and the Law
            Strict Liability
            *Purposes of Punishing Crime
Efficiency When?
Standards of Proof

 Chapter 3: What’s done is done?
             Bart and Lance
            Chicago Dibs
                        Advance Market Commitments
            Preventive and Punitory Measures
            Firearm Regulation
                        John Stuart Mill
            Low Probability, High Punishment Regimes
            Destruction of Property: What’s Done Cannot Be Undone?
            Moral Rights: What’s Done Cannot Be Redone?
                        *Defacing or Improving?
            Intellectual Property: What’s Done Can Be Done Repeatedly
                        Public Goods
            Nabokov and Existence Value

 Chapter 4: Squeezing a balloon
             The Peltzman Effect
                        *Endangered Species
            Art Again: Resale Rights, or Droit de Suite
Using the Law to Serve Distributional Goals
            Squeezing Copyright
                        Creative Commons and Open Access
            The De Facto Liberalization of the Copyright Regime
            A World Without Copyright
Radiohead and Nine Inch Nails
            Copyright Vacuums
                        Fashion Design
            Squeezing Newspapers
                        Hyperlocal News
            Deflating Subsidies

 Chapter 5: Deorum injuriae Diis curae
             Low-cost Avoider or Insurer
            Products Liability
            Comparative Negligence
                        Foreseeable Misuse and Attractive Nuisance
            Mill and the Harm Principle
                        Pecuniary Externalities
            Blocked Exchanges
            Kidney Markets
                        The Iranian Kidney Transplant Program
            The Parthenon Marbles and Cultural Property
                        Statutes of Limitation and Adverse Possession
Chapter 6: Crooked timber
             Enforcing Contracts
                        Lochner v. New York (1905)
            Dealing with Uncertainty
            *Willpower Lapses
            The Endowment Effect
            Default Rules
            Organ Donations, Reprise
            *Selling Kidneys
            Vice, Rationality, and Defaults
            *Re-legalizing Drugs
                        *An Option to Commit to Opting Out: Self-Exclusion
            *Preventive and Punitory Measures, Again
            *A Happy Ending?