Coase Lecture in Law and Economics

William H. J. Hubbard, “Newtonian Law and Economics, Quantum Law and Economics, and the Search for a Theory of Relativity”

At this law school, “law and economics” is a mantra. But what is the “economics” in “law and economics”? There is a tendency to see research on cognitive biases and bounded rationality (“behavioral economics”) as challenging or even overturning an approach using models of rational behavior (“neo-classical economics”).

Participating faculty: 
William H. J. Hubbard

William H. J. Hubbard, “Newtonian Law and Economics, Quantum Law and Economics, and the Search for a Theory of Relativity”

There is a tendency to see research on cognitive biases and bounded rationality (“behavioral economics”) as challenging or even overturning an approach using models of rational behavior (“neo-classical economics”).

2015 Coase Lecture: William Hubbard

Date: 
04.14.2015
Location: 
Courtroom
Contact info (email or phone): 

Marjorie Holme, mholme@uchicago.edu, 773-702-0220

The 2015 Coase Lecture, "Newtonian Law and Economics, Quantum Law and Economics, and the Search for a Theory of Relativity," will be presented by William H. J. Hubbard, Assistant Professor of Law.

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

The 2014 Coase Lecture: Professor Richard McAdams, "The Expressive Powers of Law"

Date: 
04.15.2014
Location: 
Weymouth Kirkland Courtroom
Contact info (email or phone): 

For special assistance or needs, please contact Marjorie Holme at 773-702-0220 or mholme@uchicago.edu

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.

Faculty: 
Richard H. McAdams

2013 Coase Lecture: Tom Ginsburg, "Constitutions as Products"

Constitutional lawyers tend to study constitutions as sets of legal rules and judicial decisions. But written constitutions are also products, with different design features: they can be more or less detailed, innovative, or ambitious; they can be produced in a more or less inclusive manner; and they can have a short-term expiration date or be designed for the long haul.

2013 Coase Lecture - Tom Ginsburg, "Constitutions as Products"

Constitutional lawyers tend to study constitutions as sets of legal rules and judicial decisions. But written constitutions are also products, with different design features: they can be more or less detailed, innovative, or ambitious; they can be produced in a more or less inclusive manner; and they can have a short-term expiration date or be designed for the long haul.


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2013 Coase Lecture: Tom Ginsburg, "Constitutions as Products"

Date: 
02.12.2013
Location: 
Courtroom

Constitutional lawyers tend to study constitutions as sets of legal rules and judicial decisions. But written constitutions are also products, with different design features: they can be more or less detailed, innovative, or ambitious; they can be produced in a more or less inclusive manner; and they can have a short-term expiration date or be designed for the long haul.

Faculty: 
Tom Ginsburg
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