Law and Economics Workshop

Workshops at Chicago have been the proving ground for new ideas in law and economics for several decades. They are the place where faculty from Chicago and elsewhere present new ideas and try out their latest papers.

Workshops are at 3:30 PM in Seminar Room F (online until further notice). Copies of most of the workshop papers will be available on this web site approximately one week before the workshop. If you wish to receive an e-mail copy of the workshop paper, subscribe to our mailing list, or have questions about the workshop schedule, please contact Norma R. de Yagcier by email at or by phone at 773-702-3142.


Revised 2019-2020 Schedule
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2020 Spring Quarter

April 7

Alex Tabarrok, George Mason University  (Cancelled)

"Why are Prices so Damn High?"

April 21

Sonja B. Starr, University of Michigan Law School

"Expungement of Criminal Convictions: An Empirical Study” (with JJ Prescott)

May 5

Kevin Davis, NYU School of Law

“What Should Comparative Law Compare? Insights from the Caribbean”

May 19

Panel discussion - “Welfarism, Cost-Benefit Analysis, and COVID-19"

Matt Adler, Duke University School of Law

Jonathan Masur, University of Chicago Law School

Casey Mulligan, Department of Economics, University of Chicago

*There will be no paper circulated for this workshop 





2020 Winter Quarter

January 7

Kathy Spier, Harvard University Law School

"Class Actions and Private Antitrust Litigation"

January 21

Coase Lecture

Lisa Bernstein, Univeristy of Chicago Law School

Re-examining Ethnically Homogeneous Trade: A Social Network Approach

February 4

Scott Baker, Washington University in St. Louis Law School

"Analogical Persuasion"  

February 18

Jennifer Doleac, Texas A&M, Department of Economics

"Algorithmic Risk Assessment in the Hands of Humans"

March 3

Dean Lueck, Indiana University, Department of Economics

"The Domestication of Wild Animals under Economic Selection and the Development of Property Institutions"


2019 Autumn Quarter

October 8

Ehud Kamar, Tel Aviv Univeristy, Buchmann Facutly of Law

"Alibaba and the Rise of Law-Proof Insiders"

October 22

Pascal Noel, University of Chicago, Booth School of Business

"Why Do Borrowers Default on Mortgages? A New Method for Causal Attribution"

November 5

Anup Malani, University of Chicago, Law School

"Coase and the City"

November 19

Cathy Hwang, University of Utah College of Law

"Contractual Depth"


2019 Spring Quarter

April 9

Daniel Rubinfeld, NYU Law

April 23

Zachary Liscow, Yale Law School

"Infrastructure Costs"

May 7

Alex Lee, Northwestern University

"A Model of Stock Market-Based Rulemaking"

May 21

Albert Choi, Stanford Law

"Enforcing Preliminary Agreements"


2019 Winter Quarter

Jan 8

Neel Sukhatme – Georgetown Law

Jan 22 Jennifer Nou – 2019 Coase Lecture  "The Nature of the Agency"
Feb 5

Michael Gilbert – University of Virginia Law

Feb 19

Anita Rao – UChicago Booth


Mar 5

Stefan Bechtold – BFI Fellow, ETH Zurich

“Intrinsic Adherence to Law: Physical versus Intellectual Property”

2018 Autumn Quarter

October 9 Francesco Parisi, University of Minnesota "Accident Aversion: An Experiment"
November 6 Florencia Marotta-Wurgler – NYU Law "Learning in Standard Form Contracts: Theory and Evidence"
November 20 Alon Brav – BFI Fellow Duke University "Picking Friends Before Picking (Proxy) Fights: How Mutual Fund Voting Shapes Proxy Contests"
December 4 Ryan Whalen – BFI Fellow, University of Hong Kong

2018 Spring Quarter

April 3 Sarath Sanga – Northwestern Law "Network Effects in Corporate Governance"
April 17 Lisa Larimore Ouellette – Stanford Law "How Do Patent Incentives Affect University Researchers?"
May 1 Louis Kaplow – Harvard Law "On the Design of Legal Rules: Balancing Versus Structural Decision Procedures"
May 15 Sonja B. Starr – University of Michigan Law School


2018 Winter Quarter

Jan 9 Alex Raskolnikov –  Columbia Law "A Theory of Incentive-Based Regulation"
Jan 23     David Hoffman  –  Penn (Wachtell) "Relational Contracts of Adhesion"
Feb 6    Jonathan Masur – 2018 Coase Lecture
Feb 20   Christopher Berry and Bernadette Atuahene "Taxed Out: Illegal property tax assessments and the epidemic of tax foreclosures in Detroit"


2017 Autumn Quarter

Oct 3 A. Mitchell Polinsky - Stanford Law "Subrogation and the Theory of Insurance When Suits Can Be Brought for Losses Suffered"
Oct 17 Chris Blattman - Harris School "Engineering informal institutions: Experimental impacts of alternative   dispute resolution on violence  and property rights in Liberia"
Oct 31 Yehonatan Givati - Hebrew University of Jerusalem  "Preferences for Criminal Justice Error Types: Theory and Evidence"
Nov 14 Kathryn Judge - Columbia Law "Guarantor of Last Resort"
Nov 28 Fernando Gomez - Pampeu Fabra, Barcelona (CSI Fellow) "Formal Contracts Without Courts. Scoring Suppliers To Build Trust"