Keith Hylton, ‘Nuisance’

This essay sets out the law and the economic theory of nuisance. Nuisance law serves a regulatory function: it induces actors to choose the socially preferred level of an activity by imposing liability when the externalized costs of the activity are substantially greater than the externalized benefits or not reciprocal to other background external costs. Proximate cause doctrine plays a role in supplementing nuisance law.

Hylton, Keith N, Nuisance (October 9, 2014). Forthcoming in ENCYLOPEDIA OF LAW AND ECONOMICS, edited by Jürgen Backhaus, 2015; Boston University School of Law, Law and Economics Research Paper No 14-60.

First posted 2014-10-12 11:08:34

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