Jonathan Grossman is a second-year student at NYU School of Law. He received his rabbinical ordination from Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary at Yeshiva University, and lectured on biblical themes as scholar-in-residence for the Hoffberger Foundation for Torah Study. Jonathan is interested in the application of economic analysis to civil Halakhah.
The area of Law & Economics has become increasingly important to legal academics over the last half century, both for positive and normative analysis of the law. While many works have been written applying Halakhic analysis to issues of the contemporary marketplace and the global economy, I intend to focus on the reverse: applying modern Law & Economics ideas, such as efficient breach theory and the use of various enforcement rules, to the Halakhic system. The study will pinpoint areas where Halakhah is inefficient and promotes policies that lead to social waste, as well as circumstances where Halakhah achieves the socially efficient outcome. My hope is that the research will illuminate the norms, goals, and values of Mishpat Ivri, and provide a basis for comparison to American and other systems of law.