This book brings together for the first time the emerging literature
that employs economics to analyze the implications of constitutional
protections of individual rights and freedoms, including freedom of
speech and of the press, the right to bear arms, the right against
unreasonable search, the right against self-incrimination, the right to
trial by jury, and the right against cruel or unusual punishment.
of the papers included in the book employ economic theory to analyze
the efficiency of policies related to the constitutional protections,
and others formulate empirical models to estimate the effects of these
policies on observable outcomes. Many of the results are immediately
relevant to current debate and policy-making. Contributors include
Sendhil Mullainathan, Albert Breton and Daniel Seidmann.