Center for Contract and Economic Organization
Center for Law and Economic Studies
Recent academic commentary on the securities laws has much in common with the battles fought in historiography over the origins of the First World War. The same progression of phases is evident. First, there is an orthodox school, which tends to see historical events largely as a moral drama of good against evil. Next come the revisionists, debunking all and explaining that the good guys were actually the bad. Eventually, a new wave of more professional, craftsmanlike scholars arrives on the scene to correct the gross overstatements of the revisionists and produce a more balanced, if problematic, assessment.
John C. Coffee Jr.,
Market Failure and the Economic Case for a Mandatory Disclosure System,
Va. L. Rev.
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