Several “Star Trek scholars”–including Matthew Yglesias, Rick Webb, and Joshua Gans–have recently speculated about the economics of Star Trek. How does the economy (and legal system, we would add) work in the world of Star Trek? Does the United Federation of Planets have a socialist system, a market economy, or some other hybrid model? Also, what law applies to interplanetary disputes within the federation? Does each planet have its own legal system, or is there a uniform legal code for the entire federation?
Double hat tip: Tyler Cowen, Joshua Gans