Ahoy! I am writing a series of papers on the law and economics of pirate organization. (Yes, I'm serious).
The first in this series is titled, "An-arrgh-chy: The Law and Economics of Pirate Organization." You can download it here.
Be on the lookout for number two in this series sometime this fall, ye scurvy dogg.
Addendum: The first paper is still a work in progress. The second paper will provide a rational choice-look at 'famous' pirate practices. The third paper will provide a map allowing the reader to locate sunken treasure.