The Law & Economics Center is a national center that focuses on the timely and relevant economic analysis of legal and public policy issues. The premise of the LEC is that if policymakers understand economics, they will be more likely to make sound decisions that support the rule of law and the free enterprise system, thus advancing innovation, job creation, and economic growth.

Since its inception in 1974, the LEC has played a critical role as a leader in law and economics research and education.   The LEC recognizes 1) the importance of timely, relevant, and unassailable research on legal and public policy issues and 2) the necessity of communicating that research to public policy leaders.

With research divisions devoted to large-scale empirical projects, high quality legal policy analysis, and educational arms reaching out to judges, attorneys general, and other policymakers, the LEC is uniquely equipped to positively influence today’s national public policy discussions.

The LEC has conducted research through the:

Henry G. Manne Program in Law & Economics Studies

Program on Economics & Privacy

Searle Civil Justice Institute