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dc.contributor.authorShavell, Steven
dc.date.accessioned2017-01-20T20:58:35Z
dc.date.issued2012
dc.identifier.citationSteven Shavell, When Is Compliance with the Law Socially Desirable?, 41 J. Legal Stud. 1 (2012).en_US
dc.identifier.issn0047-2530en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:30012794
dc.description.abstractWhen would an individual expect that adherence to the law would advance the social good? This time-honored question is not only of theoretical interest; it also holds practical importance to the degree that individuals wish to further social well-being. In the stylized model on which I focus, an individual’s knowledge of factors relevant to social welfare is inferior to that of lawmakers in some respects and is superior in others. Thus, in assessing whether obeying a legal rule would promote social welfare, an individual must take into rational account not only that the rule will impound certain superior information of lawmakers, but also that the rule will often fail to reflect his or her private information. A second issue that an individual must consider in deciding whether following the law would be socially desirable is a compliance externality: the potential influence of the witnessing of his or her compliance behavior on the compliance behavior of observers. The conclusions from the model of socially desirable conformance to the law are interpreted, including their implications for the moral obligation to obey the law.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherUniversity of Chicago Law Schoolen_US
dc.relation.isversionofhttp://www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/pdfplus/10.1086/664064en_US
dc.relation.hasversionhttp://ssrn.com/abstract=1719249en_US
dc.relation.hasversionhttp://www.law.harvard.edu/programs/olin_center/papers/pdf/Shavell_682.pdfen_US
dc.relation.hasversionhttp://www.law.harvard.edu/faculty/shavell/pdf/2012-Shavell-JLS-Compliance%20with%20Law.pdfen_US
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dc.titleWhen Is It Socially Desirable For An Individual To Comply With The Law?en_US
dc.typeJournal Articleen_US
dc.description.versionVersion of Recorden_US
dc.relation.journalJournal of Legal Studiesen_US
dash.depositing.authorShavell, Steven
dc.date.available2017-01-20T20:58:35Z
dc.identifier.doi10.1086/664064*
dash.contributor.affiliatedShavell, Steven


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