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Chicagoist Wishes Steven Levitt a Happy Birthday

One For The Road: Happy Birthday, Freakonomist Steven Levitt
Samantha Abernethy
May 31, 2012

Today is University of Chicago professor and renowned economist Steven Levitt's birthday.

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Watch an interview Levitt did with Jon Stewart in 2009 and another interview Levitt did with Stephen Colbert in 2006 at

Steven Levitt

Omri Ben-Shahar, "No Contract"

A popular type of consumer transaction is called "No Contract." Businesses lure consumers with the "no contract" assurance - a promise that consumer can walk away anytime, without any commitment. This scheme is increasingly common in cable and phone services, health clubs, security services, and other transactions that used to require minimum duration. What is a “No Contract” contract?

Epstein: "The United States of Cartels"

The United States of Cartels
Richard A. Epstein
Defining Ideas
May 29, 2012

As the economies of both the United States and the European Union sputter along, political leaders continue to put forward the false choice between austerity and growth, without attending to the serious structural issues that have long plagued both of these major economies.

Richard A. Epstein

Henderson Talks to CNBC about Facebook Stock and Securities Market

Ethics vs. Profits?
May 25, 2012
M. Todd Henderson

Epstein: "Corporations Are People, Too"

Corporations Are People, Too
Richard A. Epstein
Defining Ideas
May 22, 2012

Jeffrey Toobin’s recent exposé in the New Yorker takes aim at the Roberts Supreme Court for its controversial decision in

Richard A. Epstein

Ronald Coase Interviewed on EconTalk Podcast

Coase on Externalities, the Firm, and the State of Economics
Russ Roberts
May 21, 2012

Nobel Laureate Ronald Coase of the University of Chicago talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about his career, the current state of economics, and the Chinese economy.

Rational Choice Workshop: Debra Satz, Stanford University

Rosenwald 329

“This little kidney went to market: Ethical issues in the supply of human kidneys”

Paper and details at

Richard A. Posner

Epstein on Friedman and Sandel

Michael Sandel Is Wrong on Markets...
Richard A. Epstein
The New York Times
May 15, 2012

Rich in unintended commercial irony, Thomas Friedman proudly proclaimed in the New York Times this weekend that “This Column is Sponsored by No One.” He then went on to give a huge publicity boost to his childhood frie

Richard A. Epstein

Ronald Coase Discusses His New Book with NPR's Planet Money

Nobel Laureate: 'I've Been Wrong So Often, I Don't Find It Extraordinary At All'
David Kestenbaum
Planet Money
May 8, 2012

I recently had a brief conversation with Ronald Coase.

"I'm 101 at the moment," he told me. "I get older by the minute."

Maastricht European Private Law Blog Writeup of European Contract Law Conference

European Contract Law at the University of Chicago
Jan Smits
Maastricht European Private Law Blog
May 5, 2012

Last week I participated in a conference on European contract law organised by the University of Chicago Law School. It took place under auspices of the new Institute for Law and Economics directed by Omri Ben-Shahar.

Eric Posner
Omri Ben-Shahar
Richard A. Epstein
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