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About Appeal

We aim to bring together academics, policy professionals, and advocates to develop a law and economics capable of responding to the urgent challenges of our time. Our projects engage law with new and revived economic thinking focused on how to better advance shared prosperity, democracy, sustainability and justice.

We understand law and economy as mutually constituted and inherently interdependent, so that questions about economics inevitably require judgments about justice and political ideals or institutions. Economics cannot provide law with simple and unidirectional expertise about impartial “market forces” because these forces are fundamentally intertwined with the power and principles of law and government. We further believe new economic thought and policy will benefit from deeper connections with law scholars, students, and legal professionals, given the central role of law in promoting economic ideas and in shaping and implementing economics in policy and practice.

We are incorporated as a non-profit, and we are in the process of applying for tax-exempt status as a 501(c)(3) organization.

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We welcome members interested in supporting our goals for advancing legal economic research, education, and policy toward inclusive prosperity, democracy and justice.  
Membership benefits include
  • Networking: share your interests, resources, and expertise through member profiles on this website and receive APPEAL new and information.
  • Collaboration and exchange: participate in APPEAL events and projects.
  • Advancing and organizing: help build support and visibility for approaches to law and economics that respond to urgent contemporary challenges.
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See our video, "Five Things They Don’t Tell You About Law & Economics", presented at the 2017 Festival of New Economic Thinking, Edinburgh Corn Exchange, UK, an event organized by the Young Scholars Initiative of the Institute for New Economic Thinking, Rethinking Economics, and other groups.  APPEAL participated in the event as a collaborator and exhibitor.  



Martha T. McCluskey
University at Buffalo School of Law, State University of New York

Frank Pasquale
University of Maryland, Francis King Carey School of Law

Jennifer Taub
Vermont Law School