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Limited Liability in California 1928–31: It’s the Lawyers


  • Mark I. Weinstein


Only in 1931 was the California Corporate Code revised to provide for limited liability. In earlier work I found that this move had no detectable effect on shareholder wealth. In this article I examine the potential beneficiaries of this change with an eye toward finding out who wanted this change. Using this historical example we can shed light on a number of issues including: (1) the economic impact of limited liability; (2) the role of lawyers, especially lawyers of high prestige, in determining the law; and (3) the competition or lack thereof among states in designing their corporate codes. Copyright 2005, Oxford University Press.

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  • Mark I. Weinstein, 2005. "Limited Liability in California 1928–31: It’s the Lawyers," American Law and Economics Review, Oxford University Press, vol. 7(2), pages 439-483.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:amlawe:v:7:y:2005:i:2:p:439-483

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