I'm pleased to report that The Research Handbook on the Economics of Corporate Law is now available. I contributed a chapter on director primacy to the Handbook.
The Introduction by Claire Hill and Brett McDonnell is available on line from SSRN:
Abstract: This essay is the Introduction to the Research Handbook on the Economics of Corporate Law. After briefly surveying the origins of modern economic analysis of corporate law, it analyzes leading developments in recent decades. Major developments in the law and economics of corporate law have in some cases followed from developments in the law, including changes in fiduciary duty standards, the growth of shareholder activism, the increasing role of independent directors, changes in executive compensation, a new emphasis on various gatekeepers, federalization of corporate governance rules, and globalization. Other developments have followed from trends within economics, including some new ideas in the theory of the firm, greater emphasis on empirical research, a focus on market failures due to incomplete information, the growth of behavioral economics, and some increased emphasis on comparative institutional analysis. The essay speculates that future developments may include a new focus on systemic risk in light of the financial crisis and greater use of empirical research methodologies other than regression analysis. The essay concludes with an overview of the contributions to the volume, which is divided into five Parts: corporate constituencies, insider governance, gatekeepers, jurisdiction, and new theory.
I've read many of the chapters and think this is a very important contribution to the literature. I commend it highly to lawyers, judges, corporate governance professionals, and others interested in both law and policy in this area.