Coase-Sandor Institute for Law and Economics

Epstein on Retired NFL Players' Head Trauma Suit

Can Recent NFL Retirees Score Big in Head Trauma Suits?
Richard A. Epstein
June 11, 2012

The recent story about the large number of famous NFL players who are now suing the NFL for their head injuries has to stir up conflicting emotions in any neutral observer.

Richard A. Epstein

Sr. Lecturer Ken Dam is Arbitrator in Jeremy Lin Contract Case

Hearing Held on Lin’s Contract Status
Howard Beck
The New York Times
June 13, 2012

An arbitrator will decide in the next two weeks whether to grant so-called Bird rights to Jeremy Lin and three other N.B.A.

Kenneth W. Dam

Epstein on SCOTUS Decision in Armour v. Indianapolis

Intellectual Laziness on the Supreme Court
Richard A. Epstein
Defining Ideas
June 12, 2012

In the run up to the Supreme Court’s decision on health care, few people will pay any attention to the Court’s most recent constitutional failure of intellectual nerve in Armour v. Indianapolis. But they should.

Richard A. Epstein

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.

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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
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