Law and Economics Workshop

Michigan’s Law and Economics Workshop provides an opportunity for faculty and students from across the University to engage with cutting-edge law and economics research. Professor J.J. Prescott organizes the workshop.

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Past Workshops

  • Winter 2023

    January 12, 2023

    January 19, 2023

    January 26, 2023

    February 2, 2023

    February 9, 2023

    February 16, 2023

    February 23, 2023

    March 9, 2023

    March 16, 2023

    March 23, 2023

    March 30, 2023

    April 6, 2023

    April 13, 2023

  • Winter 2022

    January  13
    Deborah Beim, UM Department of Political Science

    Setting the Supreme Court’s Policy Agenda

    January  27
    Julian Nyarko, Stanford Law    
    A Statistical Test for Legal Interpretation: Theory and Applications” (co-authored with Sarath Sanga)

    February 10
    Oren Bar-Gill, Harvard Law 
    Mispriority of Information: A Theory of Manipulation” (co-authored with Omri Ben-Shahar)

    March 10
    Jared Ellias, UC- Hastings College of Law 
    “Employee Bankruptcy Trauma”
    Please contact Jenny Rickard at for a copy of this paper.

    March 24
    Brian Libgober, UC, San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy    
    Making Regulators Reasonable: Do Procedural Rationality Requirements Fix Cognitive Bias?” (co-authored with Ben Chen of Hong Kong University Law School)

    April 14
    Nadya Malenko, UM Ross School of Business    

    Board Dynamics over the Startup Life Cycle

  • Fall 2021

    September 2
    Vic Khanna, University of Michigan Law School

    Insuring Against Wrongdoing? Socially Responsible Investing by Mutual Funds

    September 16
    Andrea Cann Chandrasekher, UC Davis School of Law

    An Empirical Investigation of Diversity in U.S. Arbitration
    Please email for a copy of the paper

    September 30
    Aurélie Ouss, University of Pennsylvania Department of Criminology

    The Multidimensional Impacts of Incarceration
    (co-authored by John Eric Humphries, Megan Stevenson, Kamelia Stavreva, and Winnie van Dijk)

    October 14
    Abe Wickelgren, University of Texas at Austin School of Law

    Optimal Merger Standards for Potential Competition: The Effect of Ex Ante Investment Incentives

    October 28
    Michael Simkovic, USC Gould School of Law
    Meirav Furth-Matzkin, UCLA School of Law

    Pigouvian Contracts

    November 11
    Miguel de Figueiredo, University of Connecticut School of Law

    “Legal Origin from Outer Space (and on Foot)”
    (co-authored with Daniel Klerman, John P. Wilson, Matthew B. Hall, and Beau MacDonald)

    December 2
    David L Schwartz, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law

    Testing the Efficiency and Efficacy of In-House Lawyers 
    (co-authored with Christopher Cotropia, Richmond Law)

  • Fall 2020

    September 3
    Roseanna Sommers, University of Michigan Law School
    Voluntary Consent and the Psychology of Compliance

    September 10
    Naomi Lamoreaux, Yale University Department of History
    Voting Trusts and Antitrust: Rethinking the Role of Shareholder Rights and Private Litigation in Public Regulation, 1880s to 1930s

    September 17
    Lisa Cook, Michigan State University Department of Economics
    Violence and Economic Activity: Evidence from African American patents, 1870-1940

    September 24
    Adam Pritchard, University of Michigan Law School
    Coalitions among Plaintiffs’ Attorneys in Securities Class Actions

    October 1
    Robert Sitkoff, Harvard Law School
    Textualism and the Political Economy of Uniform Acts

    October 8
    Dhammika Dharmapala, University of Chicago Law School
    Collective Bargaining Rights and Police Misconduct: Evidence from Florida

    October 15
    Gary Gorton, Yale School of Management
    Corporate Culture as a Theory of the Firm

    October 18
    Eleanor Wilking, Cornell Law School
    Independent Contractors in Law and in Fact: Evidence from U.S. Tax Returns

    October 22 
    Yair Listokin, Yale Law School
    Efficient Legal Rules in a Cyclical Economy

    October 29
    Melissa Wasserman, University of Texas School of Law
    A Prescription for Rising Drug Prices: Patent Office Reform  (Appendix)

    November 5
    Anna Harvey, NYU Politics
    Racial Disparities in Within-Judge Retention Effects

    November 12
    Geeyoung Min, Michigan State University College of Law
    Relational Enforcement of Stock Exchange Rules

    November 19
    Jennifer Bennett Shinall, Vanderbilt Law School
    The Myth of Mandatory Preferences

  • Winter 2020

    January 16
    Jenna Bednar, University of Michigan Political Science
    “The Interdependence of Laws: How Social Interpretation and Culture Shape Institutional Performance” (related paper)

    January 23
    Kyle Rozema, Washington University School of Law
    “Lawyer Misconduct in America”

    January 30
    Elisabeth de Fontenay, Duke Law
    “Contractual Complexity in Debt Agreements: The Case of EBITDA

    February 6
    Omri Ben-Shahar, University of Chicago Law School
    “Rethinking Nudge: An Information-Costs Theory of Default Rules”

    February 13
    Albert Choi, University of Michigan Law School
    “Deal Protection Devices: Termination Fees and Match Rights in Mergers and Acquisitions”

    February 20
    Bert Huang. Columbia Law School
    “Coordinating Injunctions”

    February 27
    Scott Baker, Washington University School of Law
    “Analogical Persuasion” 

    March 12
    Fred Tung, Boston University School of Law
    “Restructuring Support Agreements: An Empirical Analysis”

    March 19
    Stephanie Didwania, Temple University Beasley School of Law
    “Gender-based Favoritism Among Criminal Prosecutors”

    March 26
    Julian Nyarko, Stanford Law School
    “Stickiness and Incomplete Contracts”

    April 2
    Alexandra Lahav, UConn School of Law
    “The Knowledge Remedy”

    April 9
    Margo Schlanger, University of Michigan Law School
    “Mapping the Iceberg: The Impact of Data Source on the Study of District Courts”

    April 16
    Michael Ohlrogge, NYU School of Law
    “Bankruptcy Claim Dischargeability and Public Externalities: Evidence from a Natural Experiment”

  • Fall 2019

    September 5
    Sonja Starr, Michigan Law

    “Expungement of Criminal Convictions: An Empirical Study”

    September 19
    Alexander Stremitzer, ETH Zurich Center for Law & Economics
    “Aspirational Rules”
    (to receive a copy of this paper, please reach out to Marielle Toonen,

    September 26
    Robert Bartlett, Berkeley Law
    “Consumer-Lending Discrimination in the FinTech Era”

    October 10
    Anna Gelpern, Georgetown Law Center

    “Unfogging Activities: Market-Based Financial Stability Regulation”
    (to receive a copy of this paper, please reach out to Marielle Toonen,

    October 17
    Adi Leibovitch, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

    “Bargaining in the Shadow of the Judge”

    October 31
    Ed Fox, Michigan Law
    “Sharp Lines and Sliding Scales in Tax Law”

    November 7
    Kevin Quinn, University of Michigan Department of Political Science

    November 21
    Natasha Sarin, University of Pennsylvania Law School
    “Next Time Will be The Same: Mis-Measuring Bank Risk and its Consequences”

    December 5
    Joshua Teitelbaum, Georgetown Law Center

    “Computational Complexity and Tort Detterence”

  • Fall 2018

    September 6
    Richard Brooks, NYU School of Law

    “To Call Forth: Cursing and Swearing”

    September 13
    Gabriel Rauterberg, Michigan Law

    “Fair Settlements in Multidefendant Torts” (Sarath Sanga, co-author)

    September 20
    Megan Stevenson, George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School
    Algorithmic Risk Assessment Tools in the Hands of the Humans (co-authored with Jennifer Doleac)

    September 27
    Jens Frankenreiter, Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods
    “Forum Selling Abroad” (co-authored with Stefan Bechtold and Dan Klerman)

    October 4
    Sarath Sanga, Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law
    “Network Effects in Corporate Governance”

    October 11
    Ariel Porat, Tel Aviv University Buchmann Faculty of Law & University of Chicago Law School

    “Inducing Negligence” (co-authored with Alon Cohen & Avraham Tabbach)

    October 18
    Abraham Wickelgren, University of Texas at Austin School of Law

    Optimal Standards of Proof for Non-Obviousness and Infringement (co-authored with Ezra Friedman)

    October 25
    David Bjerk, Claremont McKenna College

    “What Can DNA Exonerations Tell Us About Racial Differences in Wrongful Conviction Rates?” (co-authored with Eric Helland)

    November 1
    Adam Chilton, University of Chicago Law School
    “The ‘Odd Party Out’ Theory of Certiorari” (co-authored with Maya Sen and Adam Bonica)

    November 8
    No workshop

    November 15
    Michael Gilbert, University of Virginia School of Law

    “Insincere Evidence” (co-authored with Sean Sullivan)

    November 29
    Adriana Robertson, University of Toronto Faculty of Law
    “Passive in name only: Delegated Management and “Index” Investing”

    December 6
    Lee Fennell, University of Chicago Law School

    Slices and Lumps: Division and Aggregation in Law and Life

  • Winter 2018

    January 11
    Roberta Romano, Yale Law School

    “Does Agency Structure Affect Agency Decision making? Implications of the CFPB’s Design for Administrative Governance”

    January 18
    Adam Pritchard, Michigan Law

    “Should I Stay or Should I Go? Gender Gaps in the Market for SEC Lawyers” (co-authored with Stephen J. Choi and G. Mitu Gulati)

    January 25
    Barbara Koremenos, UM Department of Political Science

    “An Economic Analysis of International Rulemaking”

    February 1
    Rebecca Stone, UCLA School of Law
    “Promises, Expectations, and Social Cooperation” (co-authored with Dorothee Mischkowski and Alexander Stremitzer)

    February 8
    Mike Mueller-Smith, UM Department of Economics
    Diversion in the Criminal Justice System: Regression Discontinuity Evidence on Court Deferrals” (co-authored with Kevin T. Schnepel)

    February 22
    Anup Malani, University of Chicago Law School

    “Can Blockchain Solve the Holdup Problem in Contracts?” (co-authored with Richard Holden)

    March 8
    Keith Hylton, Boston University School of Law

    “Deterrence and Aggregate Litigation”

    March 15
    Ryan Bubb, NYU School of Law

    “The Party Structure of Mutual Funds” (co-authored with Emiliano Catan)

    March 22
    Ian Ayres, Yale Law School

    “Alpha Duties” (co-authored with Ed Fox)

    March 29
    JJ Prescott, Michigan Law

    “Noncompetes in the US Labor Force” (co-authored with Norman Bishara & Evan Starr)

    April 5
    Steve Shavell, Harvard Law School

    “A Fundamental Error in the Law of Torts: The Restriction of Strict Liability to Uncommon Activities”

    April 12
    Robert Scott, Columbia Law School

    “The Adaptive Contract: Innovation and Collaboration in an Uncertain World” (co-authored with Ronald J. Gilson & Charles F. Sabel)​​​​


  • Winter 2017

    January 12
    Kevin Davis, NYU School of Law

    “The Concept of Legal Uncertainty”

    January 19
    Vikramaditya Khanna, Michigan Law

    “The Impact of Mandating Corporate Social Responsibility: Evidence from India’s Companies Act 2013” (co-authored with Dhammika Dharmapala)

    January 26
    Ben Chabot, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

    “Contracts without Courts: The Value of Contractual Protection in an Era of Absolute Sovereign Immunity” (co-authored with Veronica Santarosa)

    February 2
    Nuno Garoupa,  Texas A&M University School of Law
    “Judging in Europe: Do Legal Traditions Matter?” (co-authored with J. Liu, A.H. Zhang)

    February 9
    Andrea Chandrasekher, UC Davis School of Law
    “The Effect of Police Slowdowns on Traffic Safety” 

    February 16
    Augustin Landier, Toulouse School of Economics

    “Public Information on Past Bankruptcy and the Stigma of Failure for Entrepreneurs”

    February 23
    Aditi Bagchi, Fordham University School of Law

    “Production Liability”

    March 9
    Marcel Kahan, NYU School of Law

    “Moral Hazard and Sovereign Debt: The Role of Contractual Ambiguity and Asymmetric Information” (co-authored with Shmuel Leshem)

    March 16
    Stefan Bechtold, ETH Zurich

    “The Price of Moral Rights: A Field Experiment” (co-authored with Christoph Engel)

    March 23
    A. Mitchell Polinsky, Stanford Law School

    “The Theory of Insurance when Suits Can Be Brought for Losses Suffered” (co-authored with Steven Shavell)

    March 30
    Bruce Kobayashi, George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School

    “Error Costs, Statistical Significance, and Legal Decision Rules” (co-authored with Michelle M. Burtis)

    April 6
    Avi Tabbach, Tel Aviv University Buchmann Faculty of Law

    “A Theory of Litigation Signals”

    April 13
    Daria Roithmayr, University of Southern California Gould School of Law

    “Cat and Mouse: The Dynamics of Avoiding Regulation”​​​​

  • Fall 2015

    September 3
    James R. Hines Jr., University of Michigan Law School

    “Impartial Investing​”

    September 9- Joint session with Legal History Workshop
    Claire Lemercier, CNRS and Sciences Po- Paris

    “How do Businessmen Like Their Courts? Evidence from Mid-19th Century France, England, and New York City​”

    September 10
    Daniel Klerman, USC Gould School of Law

    “Forum Selling​” (Greg Reilly, co-author)

    September 17
    Emiliano Catan, NYU School of Law
    “The Law and Finance of Anti-Takeover Statutes​” (Marcel Kahan, co-author)

    September 24
    Holger Spamann, Harvard Law School
    “Experimental Investigation of Judicial Decision-Making”

    October 1
    Anthony Niblett, University of Toronto Faculty of Law

    “The Death of Standards​” (Anthony Casey, co-author)

    October 8
    Orly Lobel, University of San Diego School of Law

    “The Law of the Platform​”

    October 15
    Thomas Miceli, University of Connecticut Department of Economics

    “Opportunism in Sequential Investment Settings: On Strategies for Overcoming Holdups and Holdouts​” (Kathleen Segerson, co-author)

    October 22
    Crystal Yang, Harvard Law School

    “Local Labor Markets and Criminal Recidivism​”

    October 29
    Vikramaditya Khanna, Michigan Law

    “Can Two Wrongs Make a Right?: Insights from the Development of the Home Mortgage Market in India”

    November 5
    Mitu Gulati, Duke University School of Law

    “Pricing Sovereign Debt” (Michael Bradley and Irving Arturo De Lira Salvatierra, co-authors)

    November 12
    Daniel Kelly, Notre Dame Law School

    “An Economic Theory of Trust Modification​”

    November 19
    James Greiner, Harvard Law School

    “Two Randomized Field Experiments in Access to Justice​”

    December 3
    Evan Starr, University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business

    “Do Noncompetes Chill Employee Mobility?​” (Norm Bishara & J.J. Prescott, co-authors) ​ ​​​​​​​​​​​​​

  • Winter 2015

    January 15
    Kyle Logue, Michigan Law

    “Encouraging Insurers to Regulate”

    January 22
    Louis Kaplow, Harvard Law School

    “Information and the Aim of Adjudication: Truth or Consequences?”

    January 29
    James Hines, Michigan Law

    “Rational Choice and the Rule Against Perpetuities​”

    February 5
    Jill Horwitz, UCLA School of Law

    “Are PILOTs Property Taxes for Nonprofits?​” (Fan Fei & James R. Hines, Jr., co-authors)

    February 12
    Kathryn Spier, Harvard Law School

    “A Comprehensive Theory of Settlement” (JJ Prescott, co-author)

    February 19
    Scott Hemphill, Columbia Law School

    “Less Restrictive Alternatives in Antitrust and Constitutional Law”

    February 26
    Eric Helland, Claremont McKenna College

    “Estimating the Effects of the English Rule on Litigation Outcomes” (Jungmo Yoon, co-author)

    March 12
    Ezra Friedman, Northwestern University School of Law

    “The Value of A Statistical Judgment: A New Approach to the Insurer’s Duty to Settle​”

    March 19
    Michal Barzuza, University of Virginia School of Law

    “Interlocking Board Seats and Protection for Directors after Schoon” (Quinn Curtis, co-author)

    March 26
    Daniel Ho, Stanford Law

    “Does Class Size Reduce the Gender Gap? A Natural Experiment in Law” (Mark Kelman, co-author)

    April 2
    William Hubbard, University of Chicago Law School

    “Measuring the Empirical Effects of Twombly and Iqbal”

    April 9
    Joshua Wright, Federal Trade Commission

    “Expertise and the Case for Limits on Agency Discretion: Some Evidence from the FTC​”

    April 16
    Florencia Marotta Wurgler, NYU Law

    “Does ‘Notice and Choice’ Disclosure Regulation Work? An Empirical Study of Privacy Policies”

  • Fall 2013

    Alicia Davis, Michigan Law
    “The Corporate Governance Clientele Effect”

    Alison Morantz, Stanford Law School
    “Putting Data to Work for Workers: The Role of Information Technology in U.S. Worker Protection Agencies”

    Jens Ludwig, University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy
    “Preventing Juvenile Recidivism: Evidence from a Randomized Controlled Trial”

    Tonja Jacobi, Northwestern University School of Law
    “The Attrition of Rights Under Parole” (Gregory Barr and Song Richardson, co-authors)

    Alex Stein, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
    “Allocation of Errors and the Architecture of Liability” (Jef DeMot, co-author)

    Zev Eigen, Northwestern University School of Law
    “An Experimental Test of the Effectiveness of Terms & Conditions”

    Yun-chien Chang, Academia Sinica, Taiwan
    “Anchoring Effect in Real Litigation: An Empirical Study”

    Michael Barr, Michigan Law
    “Five Ways the Financial System Will Fail Next Time”

    Isaac McFarlin Jr., University of Michigan Ford School of Public Policy
    “Percent Plans, Automatic Admissions, and College Outcomes” (Lindsay Daugherty and Paco Martorell, co-authors)

    Murat Mungan, Florida State University College of Law
    “Abandoned Criminal Attempts: An Economic Analysis”

    Jill Horwitz, UCLA School of Law
    “Challenges to Regulatory Decentralization: Lessons from State Health Technology Restrictions” (Daniel Polsky, co-author)

    Bruce Frier, Michigan Law
    “Roman Dowry: Some Economic Questions”

    Jeffrey Fagan, Columbia Law School
    “No Runs, Few Hits, and Many Errors: Unreasonable Suspicion in Street Stops”

  • Winter 2013

    Louis Kaplow, Harvard Law School
    “Multistage Adjudication”

    Kyle Logue, Michigan Law
    “Explaining Insurance Anti-Discrimination Laws”

    Veronica Santarosa, Michigan Law
    “Pre-banking Financial Intermediation: Evidence from a Brokerage Reform in 18th Century Marseille”

    Daniel Chen, ETH Zurich
    “Social Preferences or Sacred Values? Theory and Evidence of Deontological Motivations”

    Josh Fischman, Northwestern University Law School
    “Reuniting Is and Ought in Studies of Adjudication”

    Albert Yoon, University of Toronto, Faculty of Law
    “Editorial Bias in Legal Academia”

    Sonja Starr, Michigan Law
    “Racial Disparity in the Criminal Justice Process: Prosecutors, Judges, and the Effects of U.S. v. Booker”

    Steve Shavell, Harvard Law School
    “The Desirability of Attenuated Legal Change”

    Emily Owens, Cornell University
    “Immigration, Employment Opportunities, and Criminal Behavior”

    Josh Wright, Federal Trade Commission and George Mason University Law School
    “Grocery Bag Bans and Foodborne Illnesses”

    Claudia Landeo, University of Alberta
    “Shotguns and Deadlocks” (Kathryn E. Spier, co-author)

  • Fall 2011

    Anu Bradford, University of Chicago Law School
    “Reversible Rewards” (Omri Ben-Shahar, co-author)

    Ariel Porat, University of Chicago Law School and Tel Aviv University, Faculty of Law
    “Misalignments in Tort Law”

    Lee Fennell, University of Chicago Law School
    “Property and Precaution”

    James R. Hines, Jr., Michigan Law
    “Rational Intestacy and Probate Reform”

    Scott Baker, Washington University School of Law (St. Louis)
    “Does Accuracy Improve the Informational Value of Trials?” (Anup Malani, co-author)

    Bert Huang, Columbia Law School
    “Trial by Preview”

  • Fall 2010

    Kal Raustiala, UCLA School of Law
    “The Privacy Paradox: How Copying Can Be Good for Creativity, Intro and Chapter 3 ‘Knockoffs and Victims’ ” (Chris Sprigman, co-author)

    Richard Zeckhauser, Harvard University JFK School of Government
    “Causes of the Financial Crises: Many Responsible Parties AND Overreaction to Fearsome Risks” (Cass Sunstein, co-author)

    Paige Skiba, Vanderbilt University School of Law
    “Information Asymmetries in Consumer Lending: Evidence from Two Payday Lending Firms” (Will Dobbie, co-author)

    Richard Epstein, University of Chicago Law School
    “Do Accounting Rules Matter? The Case of Mark to Market” (M. Todd Henderson, co-author)

    David Abrams, University of Pennsylvania Law School
    “Building Criminal Capital vs Specific Deterrence: The Effect of Incarceration Length on Recidivism”

    Bentley McCleod, Columbia Law School
    “Accidental Death and the Rule of Joint and Several Liability” (Daniel Carvell and Janet Currie, co-authors)

    Geoffrey Miller, NYU School of Law
    “The English vs. the American Rule on Attorneys Fees: An Empirical Study of Attorney Fee Clauses in Publicly-Held Companies’ Contracts” (Ted Eisenberg, co-author)

    Vivian Ho, Rice University
    “Certificate of Need for Cardiac Care” (three separate papers)

  • Winter 2010

    Louis Kaplow, Harvard Law School
    “Toward a Test for Price Fixing: Communication Prohibition Compared”

    Yair Listokin, Yale Law School
    “Bayesian Contractual Interpretation AND The Meaning of Contractual Silence: A Field Experiment”

    Gillian Hadfield, USC Gould School of Law
    “Law for a Flat World: Legal Infrastructure and the New Economy”

    Justin McCrary, UC Berkeley School of Law
    “Dynamic Perspectives on Crime AND The Deterrence Effect of Prison: Dynamic Theory and Evidence” (David Lee, co-author)

    Betsey Stevenson, University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business
    “Inequality and Subjective Well-Being” (Justin Wolfers, co-author)

    Ian Ayres, Yale Law School
    “Evidence from Two Large Field Experiments that Peer Comparison Feedback Can Reduce Residential Energy Usage” (Sofie Raseman and Alice Shih, co-authors)

    Mitch Polinsky, Stanford Law School
    “The Uneasy Case for Product Liability” (Steve Shavell, co-author)

    Bob Cooter, UC Berkeley School of Law
    “The Measure of Law and Economics ” (Jody Kraus, co-author)

  • Fall 2008

    Max Schanzenbach, Northwestern University School of Law
    “The Impact of Tort Reform on Private Health Insurance Coverage” (Ronen Avraham, co-author)

    Matt Stephenson, Harvard Law School
    “Political Accountability under Alternative Institutional Regimes” (Jide Nzelibe, co-author)

    John Pfaff, Fordham University Law School
    “The Myths and Realities of Correctional Severity — Evidence from the NCRP on Sentencing Practices”

    David Gilo, Tel Aviv University, Faculty of Law
    “Liability for Insufficient Risks” (Ehud Guttel, co-author)

    Lisa Cook, Michigan State University
    “Domestic Terrorism and Economic Activity: Evidence from African American Patents, 1870 to 1940”

    Bernie Black, University of Texas Law School
    “The Impact of Early Settlement Offers: Evidence From Texas Malpractice Cases” (David Hyman and Charlie Silver, co-authors)

    Eric Talley, UC Berkeley School of Law
    “Public Ownership, Firm Governance, and Litigation Risk”

    Dan Klerman, USC Gould School of Law
    “Legal Origin and Economic Growth” (Paul Mahoney, Holger Spamann, and Mark Weinstein, co-authors)

    Justin Wolfers, University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business
    “Underestimating Female CEOs” (Alok Kumar, co-author)

    Steve Choi, NYU School of Law
    “Motions for Lead Plaintiff in Securities Class Actions”

    Jennifer Arlen, NYU School of Law
    “The Inefficiency of Contractual Liability for Medical Malpractice”

    Steve Shavell, Harvard Law School
    “On the Design of the Appeals Process: The Optimal Use of Discretionary Review versus Direct Appeal”

  • Winter 2008

    Kathy Zeiler, Georgetown University Law Center
    “The Endowment Effect: implications of Recent Empirical Developments for Legal Theory”

    Tom Miles, University of Chicago Law School
    “Markets for Stolen Property: Pawnshops and Crime”

    Avi (Abraham) Bell, Bar Ilan University, Faculty of Law
    “Private Takings”

    Jonathan Klick, Florida State College of Law
    “The Effect of Contract Regulation: The Case of Franchising” (Bruce Kobayashi, co-author)

    Albert Choi, University of Virginia School of Law
    “Integrating an Agreement to Induce Information Disclosure”

    Alicia Davis, Michigan Law
    “Are Investors’ Gains and Losses from Securities Fraud Equal Over Time? Some Preliminary Evidence”

    Robert Daines, Stanford Law School
    “Rating the Ratings: How Good are Commercial Governance Ratings?” (Ian Gow and David Larcker, co-authors)

    Mark Ramseyer, Harvard Law School
    “Talent and Expertise under Universal Health Insurance: The Case of Cosmetic Surgery in Japan”

    Michael Heise, Cornell University Law School
    “Plaintiphobia in State Courts? An Empirical Study of State Court Trials on Appeal” (Ted Eisenberg, co-author)

    Rip Verkerke, University of Virginia School of Law
    “Legal Ignorance and Information-Forcing Rules”

    Fernando Gomez, University Pompeu Fabra School of Law (Barcelona, Spain)
    “Insurance and Tort: Coordination Systems and Imperfect Liability Rules” (Jose Penalva, co-author)

  • Winter 2007

    Alicia Davis Evans, Michigan Law
    “Do Individual Investors Affect Share Price Accuracy? Some Preliminary Evidence”

    Anup Malani, University of Chicago Law School
    “Valuing Laws as Local Amenities”

    Fred Tung, Emory University School of Law
    “Cross-Monitoring and Corporate Governance” (Joanna Shepherd and Albert Yoon, co-authors)

    Merritt Fox, Columbia University Law School
    “Required Line of Business Reporting and Share Price Accuracy” (Artyom Durnev, Randall Morck, and Bernard Yeung, co-authors)

    Saul Levmore, University of Chicago Law School
    “A Theory of Deception and then of Common Law Categories”

    Michelle White, UC San Diego
    “Personal Bankruptcy Law: Abuse Prevention versus Debtor Protection”

    Robert Mikos, UC Davis School of Law
    “The Populist Safeguards of Federalism”

    Russell Korobkin, UCLA School of Law
    “Buying and Selling Human Tissues for Stem Cell Research AND No Compensation or “Pro Compensation”: Moore v. Regents and Default Rules for Human Tissue Donations”

    Ronen Avraham, Northwestern University School of Law
    “Collective Myopia” (K.A.D. Camara, co-author)

    Joanna Shepherd, Emory University School of Law
    “The Demographics of Tort Reform: Winners and Losers” (Paul Rubin, co-author)

    Anita Anand, University of Toronto, Faculty of Law
    “An Empirical Examination of the Governance Choices of Income Trusts” (Edward Iacobucci, co-author)

    Dan Rubinfield, UC Berkeley School of Law
    “Federalism and the Democratic Transition: Lessons from South Africa AND Federal Institutions and the Democratic Transition: Learning from South Africa” (Robert P. Inman, co-author)

  • Winter 2006

    Michael Abramowicz, George Washington University Law School
    “Patent Auctions”

    Scott Baker, UNC School of Law
    “Incomplete Contracts in a Complete Contract World” (Kimberly D. Krawiec, co-author)

    Miriam Bitton, Irell & Manella, LLP
    “A New Outlook on the Economic Dimension of the Database Protection Debate”

    Michael W. Carroll, Villanova University Law School
    “One for All: The Problem of Uniformity Cost in Intellectual Property law”

    Wesley M. Cohen and John Walsh, Duke University Fuqua School of Business and University of Illinois-Chicago
    “The View for the Bench: The Patenting and Licensing of Research Tools and Biomedical Innovation” (Charlene Cho, co-author)

    Peter DiCola, University of Michigan
    “An Economic Model of Sampling, Cover Version, and Musical Collage”

    Daniel J. Gervais, University of Ottawa, Common Law Section
    “Intellectual Property and Development: Towards a Strategy”

    Bronwyn H. Hall, UC Berkeley School of Law
    “Intellectual Property Strategy in the Global Cosmetics Industry” (Dietmar Harhoff, co-author)

    Paul J. Heald, University of Georgia School of Law
    “The Problem of Social Cost in a Genetically Modified Age” (James C. Smith, co-author)

    Michael J. Meurer, Boston University School of Law
    “Patents and Property” (James Bessen, co-author)

    Richard Nelson, Columbia University
    “The Market Economy, and The Scientific Commons”

    Sam Vermont, Michigan Law
    “Independent Invention as a Defense to Patent Infringement”

  • Fall 2005

    Lucien Bebchuk, Harvard Law School
    “A Political Economy Model of Investor Protection” (Zvika Neeman, co-author)

    Jesse Fried, UC Berkeley School of Law
    “The Vulnerability of Common Shareholders in VC-Backed Firms” (Mira Ganor, co-author)

    Radhakrishman Gopalan, University of Michigan Ross School of Business
    “Large Shareholder Trading and Takeovers: The Disciplinary Role of Voting with Your Feet”

    Sean J. Griffith, University of Connecticut School of Law
    “Uncovering a Gatekeeper: Why the SEC Should Mandate Disclosure of Details Concerning Directors’ & Officers’ Liability Insurance Policies”

    James R. Hines, Jr., University of Michigan Ross School of Business
    “Value-Added Taxes and International Trade: The Evidence” (Mihir A. Desai, co-author)

    Donald Langevoort, Georgetown University Law Center
    “Opening the Black Box of ‘Corporate Culture’ in Law and Economics”

    Curtis Milhaupt, Columbia University Law School
    “In the Shadow of Delaware? The Rise of Hostile Takeovers in Japan”

    Adair Morse, University of Michigan Ross School of Business
    “Who Blows the Whistle on Corporate Fraud?” (Alexander Dyck and Luigi Zingales, co-authors)

    Mitchell Polinsky, Stanford Law School
    “The Optimal Use of Fines and Imprisonment when Wealth is Unobservable”

    Adam Pritchard, Michigan Law
    “The Screening Effect of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act” (Stephen J. Choi and Karen K. Nelson, co-authors)

    Steven Shavell, Harvard Law School
    “Specific Performance Versus Damages for Breach of Contract: An Economic Analysis”

    Samson Vermont, Michigan Law
    “The Source of Blackstone’s Intuition: Why We Think it Better to Free the Guilty than to Convict the Innocent”

  • Winter 2005

    John A. Rothchild, Wayne State University Law School
    “Economic Analysis of Technological Protection Measures”

    Peter Swire, Ohio State Mortiz College of Law
    “A Model for When Disclosure Helps Security: What Is Different About Computer and Network Security?”

    Paul J. Resnick, University of Michigan School of Information
    “Calculating Error Rates for Filtering Software AND Does Pornography-Blocking Software Block Access to Health Information on the Internet?” (Derek L. Hansen, Caroline R. Richardson, Holly Derry, and Victoria Rideout, co-authors)

    Marshall Van Alstyne, Boston University School of Management
    “The Social Efficiency of Fairness: An Information Economics Approach to Innovation” (Gavin Glarkson, co-author)

    Assaf Hamdani, Bar Ilan University, Faculty of Law
    “The Class Defense” (Alon Klement, co-author)

    Lior Jacob Strahilevitz, University of Chicago Law School
    “A Social Networks Theory of Privacy”

    Howard Shelanksi, UC Berkeley School of Law
    “The Policy Limits of Markets: A Critique of Antitrust Law As Mass-Media Regulation”

    Roger Noll, Stanford University
    “Napster’s Copyright Abuse Defense and the Future of Digital Entertainment Downloads”

    Christopher Yoo, Vanderbilt University School of Law
    “On the Regulation of Networks as Complex Systems” (Daniel F. Spulber, co-author)

    Clayton Gillette, NYU School of Law
    “Rolling Contracts as an Agency Problem”

    Molly Van Houweling, UC Berkeley School of Law
    “Copyright Servitudes”

    Robert A. Hillman, Cornell University Law School
    “On-line Consumer Standard-Form Contracting Practices: A Survey and Discussion of Legal Implications”

  • Fall 2004

    Oren Bar-Gill, Harvard Law School
    “Pricing Legal Options”

    John de Figueiredo, MIT Sloan School of Business
    “Paying for Politics” (Elizabeth Garrett, co-author)

    Elizabeth Garrett, USC Gould School of Law
    “The Purposes of Framework Legislation”

    Oren Gazel, Haifa University, Faculty of Law
    “Screening, Plea Bargains and the Innocent Problem AND Plea Bargains Only for the Guilty” (Oren Bar-Gill, co-author)

    G. Mitu Gulati, Georgetown University Law Center
    “What Drives Changes in Boilerplate Contracts?” (Stephen J. Choi, co-author)

    Henry Hansmann, Yale Law School
    “Legal Entities, Asset Partitioning, and the Evolution of Organizations” (Reinier Kraakman and Richard Squire, co-authors)

    Keith Hylton, Boston University School of Law
    “Church and State: An Economic Analysis” (Yulia Rodionova and Fei Deng, co-authors)

    Vikramaditya Khanna, Michigan Law
    “Corporate Defendants and the Protections of Criminal Procedure: An Economic Analysis”

    Lewis Kornhauser, NYU School of Law
    “Decision Rules in a Judicial Hierarchy” (Charles M. Cameron, co-author)

    Daryl J. Levinson, NYU School of Law
    “Empire-Building Government in Constitutional Law”

    Margaret Jane Radin, Stanford Law School
    “Regulation by Contract AND Regime Change in Intellectual Property: Superseding the Law of the State with the “Law” of the Firm”

    Guhan Subramanian, Harvard Law School
    “Post-Siliconix Freeze-Outs: Theory & Evidence”

  • Winter 2004

    Vicki Been, NYU School of Law
    “Lucas v. The Green Machine: Using the Takings Clause to Promote More Efficient Regulation?”

    Omri Ben-Shahar, Michigan Law
    “ ‘Agreeing to Disagree’: Filling Gaps in Deliberately Incomplete Contracts”

    Robert Daines, NYU School of Law
    “Liquidity, Asymmetric Information and Mandatory Disclosure: The Impact of the 1934 Act” (Charles M. Jones, co-author)

    Dean Lueck, University of Arizona
    “Property Law” (Thomas J. Miceli, co-author)

    Kristin Madison, University of Pennsylvania School of Law
    “The Residency Match: Competitive Restraints in an Imperfect World”

    Petra Moser, MIT Sloan School of Business
    “How Do Patent Laws Influence Innovation? Evidence from Nineteenth-Century World Fairs”

    Randal Picker, University of Chicago Law School
    “Entry, Access and Facilities-Based Competition”

    George Priest, Yale Law School
    “Reexamining the Market for Judicial Clerks and Other Assortative Matching Markets?”

    Alan Schwartz, Yale Law School
    “A Normative Theory of Business Bankruptcy”

    Peter Siegelman, Fordham Law School
    “Adverse Selection in Insurance Markets: An Exaggerated Threat”

    Doron Teichman, Michigan Law
    “Sanctioning Sex Offenders Efficiently: An Economic Perspective on Megan’s Law”

    Steven Walt, University of Virginia School of Law
    “Liquidated Damages After Behavioral Law and Economics”

  • Fall 2003

    Richard Brooks, Yale Law School
    “Covenants & Conventions”

    Allen Ferrell, Harvard Law School
    “Mandated Disclosure and Stock Returns: Evidence From the Over-The-Counter Market”

    Mark Grady, George Mason School of Law
    “Liability Failure” (Moin Yahya, co-author)

    Roderick Hills Jr., Michigan Law
    “Against Preemption: How Federalism Can Improve the National Legislative Process”

    Jason Johnston, University of Pennsylvania Law School
    “Signaling Social Responsibility: An Economic Analysis of the Role of Disclosure and Liability Rules in Influencing Market Incentives for Corporate Environmental Performance”

    Michael Klausner, Stanford Law School
    “When Time Isn’t Money: Foundation Payouts and the Time Value of Money AND Discounting Future Charity: An Analysis of Foundation Payout Rates and Their Regulation”

    Douglas Lichtman, University of Chicago Law School
    “Rethinking Prosecution History Estoppel”

    Richard McAdams, University of Illinois College of Law
    “The Third Model of Legal Compliance: Testing for Expressive Effects in a Hawk/Dove Game” (Janice Nadler, co-author)

    Barak Orbach, Michigan Law
    “The Law and Economics of Hired Creativity: Who Should Own the Rights?”

  • Winter 2003

    Alan Auerbach, UC Berkeley
    “Is there a Role for Discretionary Fiscal Policy?”

    Einer Elhauge, Harvard Law School
    “Preference-Estimating Statutory Default Rules”

    Merritt Fox, Michigan Law
    “Law, Share Price Accuracy and Economic Performance: The New Evidence” (Randall Morck, Bernard Yeung, and Artyom Durnev, co-authors)

    F. Andrew Hanssen, Montana State University
    “The Origins of Democracy: A Model with Application to Ancient Greece” (Robert K. Fleck, co-author)

    Louis Kaplow, Harvard Law School
    “Why Measure Inequality? AND Primary Goods, Capabilities, …or Well-Being?”

    Avery Katz, Columbia Law School
    “The Economics of Form and Substance in Contract Interpretation”

    Kyle Logue, Michigan Law
    “Insuring Against Terrorism - and Crime” (Saul Levmore, co-author)

    Scott Masten, University of Michigan Ross School of Business
    “Contracting in the Absence of Specific Investments and Moral Hazard: Understanding Carrier-Driver Relations in US Trucking?” (Francine Lafontaine, co-author)

    Brett McDonnell, University of Minnesota Law School
    “Expectation Damages and the Theory of Overreliance” (Melvin A. Eisenberg, co-author)

    Edward Rock, University of Pennsylvania Law School
    “Corporate Constitutionalism: Antitakeover Charter Provisions as Pre-Commitment” (Marcel Kahan, co-author)

    Abraham Wickelgren, Federal Trade Commission
    “Naked Exclusion, Efficient Breach, and Downstream Competition” (John Simpson, co-author)

  • Fall 2002

    Oren Bar-Gill, Harvard Law School
    “The Credibility of Threats to Breach” (Omri Ben-Shahar, co-author)

    Laura Beny, Michigan Law
    “The Political Economy of Insider Trading Legislation”

    Andrew F. Daughety and Jennifer F. Reinganum, Vanderbilt University
    “Exploiting Future Settlements: A Signaling Model of Most-Favored-Nation Clauses in Settlement Bargaining”

    E. Han Kim, University of Michigan Ross School of Business
    “To Steal or Not to Steal: Firm Attributes, Legal Environment, and Valuation ” (Art Durnev, co-author)

    David Gilo, Tel Aviv University, Faculty of Law
    “A Market-Based Approach to Telecom Interconnection”

    Eric Posner, University of Chicago Law School
    “A Theory of the Laws of War”

    Andrei Shleifer, Harvard University
    “The Practice of Justice” (Simeon Djankov, Rafael La Porta, and Florencio Lopez-de-Silanes, co-authors)

    Roberta Romano, Yale Law School
    “Does Confidential Proxy Voting Matter? “

    Chris Sanchirico, University of Virginia School of Law
    “Shredders, Fibbers, and Forgers: Evidence Tampering and the Object of Trial”

    Eric Talley, USC Gould School of Law
    “A Defense of Shareholder Favoritism” (Stephen J. Choi, co-author)

    Amy Wax, University of Pennsylvania School of Law
    “Economic Models of the “Family-Friendly” Workplace: Making the Case for Chante”

    Mark West, Michigan Law
    “Losers: Recovering Lost Property in Japan and the United States”