Coase-Sandor Institute for Law and Economics

Bloomberg BusinessWeek on Omri Ben-Shahar's New Book

The Limits of Mandatory Disclosure Laws
Peter Coy
Bloomberg BusinessWeek
May 15, 2014

Mandatory disclosure of information is that rare policy embraced by left and right alike. Liberals see disclosure as empowering the little guy, while conservatives view it as improving market efficiency. To combat obesity, Congress requires disclosure of calorie counts on food packages. To improve medical care, Medicare discloses hospital and physician group ratings.

Omri Ben-Shahar

More than You Wanted to Know: Lunch talk with Omri Ben-Shahar

Contact info (email or phone): 

Marjorie Holme,

Join us for a Lunch Talk with Omri Ben-Shahar on his new book: "More than You Wanted to Know: the Failure of Mandated Disclosure." 

Professor Ben-Shahar's new book, coauthored with Carl Schneider, takes on the form of regulation we encounter daily.

Lunch will be provided.


Omri Ben-Shahar

Richard McAdams, "The Expressive Powers of Law"

Economics explains legal compliance via sanctions, particularly by the ability of legal sanctions to change the cost of behavior and deter noncompliance. Yet rational choice tools predict other ways in which law influences behavior: by suggesting a means of coordination and by informing beliefs.

Participating faculty: 
Richard H. McAdams

Epstein Remembers Becker

The Multiple Talents of Gary Becker
Richard A. Epstein
May 5, 2014

I first arrived at the University of Chicago Law School as a visiting associate professor in the fall of 1972, quickly learning that a good place to be seen (but not heard) was at the joint law and economics workshops that were held biweekly.

Richard A. Epstein

Gary S. Becker, Nobel-winning Scholar of Economics and Sociology, 1930-2014

William Harms
University of Chicago News Office
May 4, 2014

Nobel Laureate Gary S. Becker, AM'53, PhD'55, made historic changes to the study of economics and the social sciences, combining disciplines to understand decisions in everyday life, while spawning rich new questions for scholars in diverse fields to pursue.

Lecturer Richard Sandor Receives Chicago-China Award of Excellence

Financial Futures and Environmental Markets pioneer Dr. Richard Sandor receives Chicago-China Award of Excellence
April 15, 2014

The China Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International, which supports programs linking Chicago with the Chinese cities of  Shanghai and Shenyang, recognized economist and financial innovator Dr. Richard Sandor for his work as a world leader in market-based solutions to climate change and for helping create China’s first emissions exchange, the Tianjin Climate Exchange.

Richard Sandor


Full Draft Schedule (PDF)

Economic Analysis of Contracts and Commercial Law
2015 Summer Seminar in Law and Economics

July 5–17, 2015
Tentative Schedule

Week 1

Sunday, July 5

Lior Strahilevitz, "Personalizing Default Rules and Disclosure with Big Data"

The laws of intestacy are the same for men and women even though preferences for how one's estate should be divided differ by gender. Peanut-allergic octogenarian men and gluten-allergic pregnant women see the same warnings on consumer products even though they are interested in seeing information that is much better tailored to them.

Participating faculty: 
Lior Strahilevitz
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