The perspectives of agent based models in law

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This paper examines the use of agent based models in law. Jurisprudence has 4 characteristics, namely, retrospective nature, particularity orientation, emphasis on language manipulation, and exclusivism, which constitute the barrier for the social sciences, including agent based models, to enter the field of law. The development of law & economics, however, has paved the way to overcome the barrier. A few scholars are beginning to use, e.g., genetic algorism, evolutionary game theory, and signaling theory, in the analyses of law. On the other hand, the traditional jurisprudence itself became a signal, so that the new equilibrium in law might be a "separating equilibrium.".

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)53-65
Number of pages13
JournalSociological Theory and Methods
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2004


  • Agent based model
  • Evolutionary game theory
  • Law
  • Signaling model

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