Professor, Professor of Economics
(by courtesy), Professor of Law (by courtesy), and Co-Director,
Program on Economics, Law, and the Environment; Ph.D., University
of Washington, 1987; Contracts and Economics Organization,
Economics of Law, Natural Resource Economics, Property Rights
Teaching and Research Interests
Dr. Lueck’s current research projects include studies
of the role of custom in agricultural land contracts, the economic
function and effects of property law, the demarcation of land,
and the economics of wildlife management. He is the recipient
of many research grants, including the National Science Foundation.
He has been a guest lecturer and visiting faculty member at many
colleges and universities, including John M. Olin faculty fellow
in law and economics at Yale Law School; visiting professor of
economics at Universitat Pampeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain; visiting
professor of law at the University of Virginia School of Law;
distinguished visiting professor in law and economics, University
of Toronto, Faculty of Law, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; and visiting
fellow of the Collegio Carlo Alberto in Moncalieri, Italy. He
is the author (with Douglas W. Allen) of The
Nature of the Farm (MIT
Press 2003) and co-editor of Wildfire Policy (RFF Press
Program on Law, Economics, and the Environment
AREC 377, Economic, Environmental, and Resource Conservation
AREC/LAW 660, Natural Resources Law
AREC 696c, Applied Economic Analysis I: Natural Resource Economics
AREC/LAW 697S, Economics, Law and the Environment
Current Papers and Projects
Demarcation Systems.” (in press, in Law
and Economics of Property). Ed. Henry Smith and Kenneth
Ayotte. With Gary D Libecap.
• “Large Scale Institutional Changes: Land Demarcation
within the British Empire.” 2011. With Gary D. Libecap and Trevor
O’Grady. National Bureau of Economic Research Working Paper No.
Capital Accumulation and the Expansion of Women’s Rights.” January
2011. With Rick Geddes and Sharon Tennyson.
• “Land Demarcation and Agriculture in 19th Century
California.” August 2010. With Gary D. Libecap and Adrain Lopes.
• “Economic Organization and the Lease-Ownership
Decision in Water.” January 2010. With Kyle J. Emerick.
• “Contracting, Organization and the Behavior of
Public Bureaucracy.” September 2009. With Dominic Parker.
Organization and the Behavior of Public Bureaucracy.” September
2008. With Dominic Parker.
Demarcation of Land and the Role of Coordinating Property Institutions.”
of Political Economy, 119(3):426–467. With
Gary D. Libecap.
and Incentives in Contracts.” 2009. American
Journal of Agricultural Economics. 91:880–894. With Douglas
Information and the Structure of Servitude Law.” Journal of Legal Studies 38(2009)89–120.
With Antony Dnes.
• “Preemptive Habitat Destruction under the Endangered
Species Act.” Journal of Law & Economics 46(2003):27–60.
With Jeffrey A. Michael.
• “The Gains from Self Ownership and the Expansion of Women’s
Rights.” American Economic Review (2002):1079–1092.
With Rick Geddes.
• “The Nature of the Farm.” Journal
of Law and Economics (1998):343–386. With Douglas
• “The Rule of First Possession and the Design of the Law.” Journal
of Law and Economics (1995):393–436.
• “Risk Preferences and the Economics of Contracts.” American
Economic Review (1995):447–451. With Douglas W. Allen.
• “Market and Regulatory Forces in the Pricing of Legal Services.” Journal
of Regulatory • “Transaction Costs and the Design
of Cropshare Contracts.” RAND
Journal of Economics (1993):78–100. With Douglas W.
• “Land Tenure and Agricultural Productivity on Indian Reservations.” Journal
of Law and Economics (1992):427–454. With Terry L. Anderson.
• “The Economic Nature of Wildlife Law.” Journal
of Legal Studies (1989):291–324.