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Henry Hansmann is the Oscar M. Ruebhausen Professor of Law at the Yale Law School. He has formerly been Professor of Law at the New York University School of Law and the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and Visiting Professor of Law at the Harvard Law School.  He holds a JD (1974) and a PhD in Economics (1978), both from Yale. Hansmann has written about a broad range of subjects, from markets for human organs to artists' moral rights, but has focused most extensively on the law and economics of organizational ownership and structure, and has dealt with all types of legal entities, both proprietary and nonprofit, private and public, domestic and foreign, ancient and modern. He is the author of The Ownership of Enterprise (Harvard University Press, 1996) and a co-author of The Anatomy of Corporate Law:  A Comparative and Functional Approach (3d edition, Oxford University Press, 2017).  He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, and a past President of the American Law and Economics Association.

Research Interests

Organisational ownership and structure, Property rights

Working Papers


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