Book: The Code of Capital: How the Law Creates Wealth and Inequality
CGEG Faculty Associate Katharina Pistor has published a new book, The Code of Capital: How the Law Creates Wealth and Inequality.
March 31, 2023
This book argues that the law selectively “codes” certain assets, endowing them with the capacity to protect and produce private wealth. With the right legal coding, any object, claim, or idea can be turned into capital – and lawyers are the keepers of the code. Pistor describes how they pick and choose among different legal systems and legal devices for the ones that best serve their clients’ needs, and how techniques that were first perfected centuries ago to code landholdings as capital are being used today to code stocks, bonds, ideas, and even expectations – assets that exist only in law. Read More