Coase-Sandor Institute for Law and Economics

Harmonization, Preferences, and the Calculus of Consent in Commercial and Other Law

Saul Levmore

The European Union is exploring a move toward harmonization in the form of a common commercial code (CESL), with some mandatory provisions especially with respect to consumer law, but alsoincorporating a large dose of business-to-business law that would be optional at the enterprise, rather than jurisdictional, level.

Epstein Takes On Levinson's "Our Imbecilic Constitution"

Our “Imbecilic” Constitution?
Richard A. Epstein
Defining Ideas
June 5, 2012

The bad news about our stalled economy is distressing on two fronts. The unemployment rate recently crept back up to 8.1 percent and the stock market lost all its gain for 2012. The second reason concerns the long-term soundness of our institutions.

Richard A. Epstein

Todd Henderson & Richard Sandor, "Good Derivatives: A Story of Financial and Environmental Innovation"

This discussion between Professor of Law M. Todd Henderson and Richard L. Sandor, (CEO, Environmental Financial Products, LLC, and Lecturer in Law at the University of Chicago Law School) was sponsored by the Law School and Chicago Booth School of Business and was recorded on April 17, 2012.

64:37 minutes (59.16 MB)

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.

Read more at: 

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
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