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Avery Point’s own Professor Paul Hallwood has another book available: Maritime Piracy and its Control.

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Paul Hallwood’s new book Maritime Piracy and its Control

Book Description from Amazon website

December 23, 2014
Modern day maritime piracy is a world-wide phenomenon. Over the last ten years, about 3,000 pirate attacks, actual or attempted, have been reported, but with some recent decline due to the effort of naval task forces as well as a very large increase in the use of on-board armed guards. Somali pirates principally operate a capture-to-ransom model, with ransoms of up to $5.5 million per incident being collected. Elsewhere in the world robbery is the main motive. The overall economic cost of maritime piracy in 2012 was estimated at $6 billion.

Maritime Piracy and its Control develops an economic approach to the problem of modern-day maritime piracy with the goal of assessing the effectiveness of remedies aimed at reducing the incidence of piracy. Miceli and Hallwood’s theoretical framework is based on a standard Becker-type model of law enforcement, extended to consider the effort level of pirates to locate and attack target vessels, and of shippers to invest in precautions to avoid contact. The model provides the basis for prescribing an optimal enforcement policy whose goal is to minimize the cost of piracy to international shipping. It also serves as a benchmark for evaluating actual enforcement efforts within the context of international law and concludes with several proposals aimed at improving enforcement.


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About the Author

C. Paul Hallwood received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Aberdeen in 1988, and is currently Professor of Economics at the University of Connecticut, USA. Prior to that, he was in the Department of Economics at the University of Aberdeen, UK. He also held the position of Senior Research Economist in the Foreign Ministry of a prominent Arab Government, and has served as a visiting professor at various universities in the USA, Europe, and Australia. His principal research interest is in international economics, having published books and papers in each of its four main fields: international trade, international finance, economics of multinational corporations, and international political economy. A more recent research interest is in the economics of the oceans, on which he has published a textbook and papers on matters such as the law and economics of historic shipwrecks, and the law and economics of maritime piracy. He has also published two books and several paper on the financing of the Scottish government.

Thomas J. Miceli received his PhD in Economics from Brown University, USA, in 1988, and he has been Professor at the University of Connecticut, USA, since 1987. His research is largely in the area of law and economics, with particular emphasis on land use and property law. He is a recognized authority on the economics of eminent domain, a subject on which he has authored or co-authored three books. He has also published undergraduate and graduate level textbooks on law and economics. Currently, he serves as an associate editor for the International Review of Law and Economics. While at UConn, he has taught courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels in microeconomic theory, urban economics, public finance, and law and economics, and in 2009, he won the Grillo Family Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Economics Department.