UCLA Law and Economics Workshop

Jointly sponsored by the Center for Law and Economics and the Lowell Milken Institute for Business Law and Policy at UCLA School of Law.

The UCLA Law and Economics Workshop (Law M648A/B) is an interdisciplinary workshop that brings together scholars and students from the Law School, the Economics Department, and the Anderson School of Management. Speakers from other universities will be invited to present working papers on law and economics topics including those involving contract, tort, intellectual property, and business law. Students will write graded reaction papers. UCLA faculty members will also attend and participate in the workshop. This seminar is particularly well suited for students who wish to learn more about law and economics and to see the scholarly process in action. Many of the papers will be technical so students should have some knowledge of empirical methods and ideally a basic understanding of calculus. The course is taught by Professors Mark F. GradyJill Horwitz and Alexander Stremitzer.

The course will not be offered in the 2018-19 and 2019-20 academic years. Please consult the past workshops for presenters and their topics.

Workshop Speakers

  • Spring 2018

    January 18, 2018
    Emiliano Catan, New York University School of Law
    "Board Declassification and Firm Value: Have Shareholders and Boards Really Destroyed Billions in Value?"

    January 25, 2018
    John Morley, Yale Law School
    "Too Big to be Activist"

    February 1, 2018
    Florian Ederer, Yale School of Management
    "Killer Acquisitions"

    February 15, 2018
    Crystal Yang, Harvard Law School / New York University Law School
    "The Spillover Effects of Deportation Fear: Evidence from Secure Communities"

    February 22, 2018
    Lior Strahilevitz, University of Chicago Law School
    "Should Criminal Procedure Law Be Personalized?"

    March 1, 2018
    Douglas Baird, University of Chicago Law School
    "Terms of Engagement"

    March 15, 2018
    Jim Greiner, Harvard Law School
    "Trapped in Marriage"

    March 22, 2018
    Adi Leibovitch, Hebrew University
    "Bargaining in the Shadow of the Judge"

  • Fall 2016/Spring 2017 Speakers

    September 22, 2016
    Mark Grady, UCLA School of Law 
    "A Theory of Breach of Duty"

    September 29, 2016
    Adam Chilton, University of Chicago Law School 
    "A Legal Rasputin? Law Clerk Influence Over Voting by Supreme Court Justices" (co-authored with Adam Bonica, Jacob Goldin, Kyle Rozema, & Maya Sen)

    October 6, 2016
    Murat Mungan, Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University
    "Reducing Crime Through Expungements"

    October 20, 2016
    Russell Korobkin, UCLA School of Law 
    "Bargaining with the CEO"

    November 3, 2016
    Veronica Santarosa, University of Michigan Law School 
    "Financial Intermediation Before Modern Deposit Banks: Evidence from a Brokerage Law Reform in Eighteenth-Century Marseille"

    November 10, 2016
    Jill R. Horwitz, UCLA School of Law
    "Technology Regulation Reconsidered: The Effects of Certificate of Need on Diagnostic Imaging Access, Quality and Cost"

    November 17, 2016
    Steven Shavell, Harvard Law School

    "Why Strict Liability Should Apply To All Dangerous Activities — Both Common and Uncommon"

    SPRING 2017

    January 19, 2017
    Alexander Stremitzer, UCLA School of Law
    "Stretch it but Don’t Break It: The Hidden Cost of Contract Framing"

    January 26, 2017
    Jason Oh, UCLA School of Law
    "Are the Rich Responsible for Progressive Tax Rates?"

    February 2, 2017
    Jonathan Klick, University of Pennsylvania Law School
    "The Value of the Right to Exclude: An Empirical Assessment"

    February 9, 2017
    Yun-chien Chang, Institutum Iurisprudentiae Academia Sinica - (IIAS)
    "Is Corporate Law Trivial in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan? An Empirical Study of Mandatory Rules, Default Rules and Menus"

    February 16, 2017
    Judson Caskey, UCLA Anderson School of Management
    "Reporting and Non-Reporting Incentives in Leasing: Evidence from the Airline Industry"

    March 2, 2017
    Mila Versteeg, University of Virginia School of Law 
    "Rights Without Resources: The Impact of Constitutional Social Rights on Social Spending"

    March 9, 2017
    Giuseppe Dari-Mattiacci, University of Amsterdam 
    "The Emergence of the Corporate Form"

    March 16, 2017
    Thomas Ulen, College of Illinois
    "Law and Subjective Well-Being"

  • Fall 2015/Spring 2016 Speakers

    FALL 2015

    September 24, 2015
    Alexander Stremitzer, UCLA School of Law 
    "Promises, Reliance, and Psychological Lock-in"

    October 1, 2015
    Marian Moszoro, Harvard Law School 
    "Political Bonds: Political Hazards and the Choice of Municipal Financing Instruments"

    October 8, 2015
    George Georgiev, UCLA School of Law
    "Too Big to Disclose: Firm Size and Materiality Blindspots in Securities Regulation"

    October 15, 2015
    Michael Denver Frakes, Northwestern University School of Law
    "Is the Time Allocated to Review Patent Applications Inducing Examiners to Grant Invalid Patents?: Evidence from Micro-Level Application Data" - Appendix

    November 5, 2015
    Omri Ben-Shahar, University of Chicago Law School 
    "Personalizing Negligence Law"

    November 19, 2015
    John Asker, UCLA Economics
    "Economic models in Merger Analysis: The analysis of the ATT-DTV Merger before the FCC" - Memorandum Opinion and Order

    SPRING 2016

    January 21, 2016
    Ronald J. Gilson, Stanford Law School
    "Economic Crises and the Integration of Law and Finance: The Impact of Volatility Spikes"

    January 28, 2016
    Corbett Grainger, University of Wisconsin
    "Property Rights, Regulatory Capture, and Exploitation of Natural Resources"

    February 4, 2016
    Kenneth Ayotte, Berkeley Law
    "Bankruptcy on the Side"

    February 11, 2016
    Jennifer Arlen, NYU School of Law 
    "Does Conviction Matter? The Reputational and Collateral Effects of Corporate Crime"

    February 18, 2016
    Louis Kaplow, Harvard Law School 
    "A Distribution- Neutral Perspective on Tax Expenditure Limitations"

    February 25, 2016
    J.J. Prescott, University of Michigan Law School 
    "A Comprehensive Theory of Civil Settlement"

    March 3, 2016
    Florencia Marotta- Wurgler, NYU School of Law
    "Understanding Privacy Policies: Content, Self-Regulation, and Markets"

    March 10, 2016
    Andrew Ayres and Gary Libecap, UC Santa Barbara
    "Choosing Remedies for the Common Pool: The Case of California’s Groundwater Management"

  • Spring 2015 Speakers

    January 22, 2015
    Professor Mariana Pargendler, 
    Fundação Getulio Vargas School of Law, São Paulo, Brazil
    NYU School of Law
    "The Corporate Governance Obsession"

    January 29, 2015
    Professor Alex Lee, USC School of Law
    "The Priest-Klein Hypotheses: Proofs, Generality, and Extensions"

    February 12, 2015
    Professor Ulrike Malmendier, U.C. Berkeley
    "M&A Negotiations and Lawyer Expertise"
    (Joint Invite with Negotiation & Conflict Resolution Colloquium)

    February 19, 2015
    Professor Keith Hylton, Boston University School of Law
    "Competition and Innovation: A Framework for the Patent-Antitrust Conflict"

    February 26, 2015
    Professor David Weisbach, University of Chicago Law School
    “The New View, the Traditional View, and Capital Gains Taxes on Stock”
    (Joint Invite with UCLA Colloquium on Tax Policy and Public Finance)

    March 5, 2015
    Professor James Hines, University of Michigan Law School
    “Rational choice and the rule against perpetuities”

    March 12, 2015
    Professor Benjamin Klein, UCLA
    "The Apple e-Books Case"

    March 19, 2015
    Professor Mark Grady, UCLA School of Law
    “Marginal Causation and Injurer Shirking”

  • Fall 2013/Spring 2014 Speakers

    Sept. 26, 2013
    Jill Horwitz, UCLA School of Law
    "Challenges to Regulatory Decentralization: Lessons from State Health Technology Restrictions"

    Oct. 3, 2013
    Francesco Parisi, University of Minnesota
    "Double-Edged Torts"

    ​Oct. 17, 2013
    Alan Schwartz, Yale Law School
    "The Rationality Assumption in Consumer Law"

    Oct. 24, 2013
    Bert Huang, Columbia Law School
    "Structuring Damages"

    Nov. 7, 2013
    Thomas Merrill, Columbia Law School
    "Possession in Everyday Life"

    Nov. 14, 2013
    Ben Depoorter, UC Hastings College of Law
    "Rights As Aspirations: An Empirical Study of Unenforced Rights"

    Nov. 21, 2013
    Michal Barzuza, University of Virginia School of Law
    "Do Interlocks Empower Outside Directors?"

    ​Jan. 9, 2014
    Mireille Jacobson, UC Irvine, Paul Merage School of Business
    "Paying More to Do Less: Physician Agency and Backward Bending Supply Curves"

    ​Jan. 16, 2014
    James Hines,
    University of Michigan Law School
    "Tax Rate Delegation" - *This session is co-sponsored by the Tax Policy and Public Finance Colloquium

    ​Feb. 13, 2014
    Giuseppe Dari-Mattiacci, University of Amsterdam
    "Endogenous Information Acquisition in Contracts"

    Feb. 20, 2014
    Daria Roithmayr, USC School of Law
    "Should Law Evolve As Fast As Society? An Evolutionary Game Theory Approach"

    ​Feb. 27, 2014
    Cristina Bicchieri, University of Pennsylvania
    "Third-party sanctioning and compensation behavior: Findings from the ultimatum game"

    Mar. 13, 2014​
    Albert Choi, University of Virginia School of Law
    "Crowding In: How Formal Sanctions Can Facilitate Informal Sanctions"

    Apr. 3, 2014
    Holger Spamann, Harvard Law School
    "This Morning's Breakfast, Last Night's Game: Detecting Extraneous Influence on Judging"

  • Fall 2012/Spring 2013 Speakers

    Oct. 4, 2012
    Henry Smith, Harvard Law School
    "An Economic Analysis of Civil versus Common Law Property" (co-authored with Yun-chien Chang)

    Oct. 18, 2012
    Allison Hoffman, UCLA School of Law
    "Retiree Out-of-Pocket Health Care Spending: A Study of Expert Views, Consumer Expectations and Policy Implications"

    Oct. 25, 2012
    Daniel Chen, ETH Zurich
    "Growth, Inequality, and Expropriation: The Economic Impacts of Eminent Domain"

    Nov. 8, 2012
    Christoph Engel, Max-Planck-Institute for the Research on Collective Goods
    "Who is Afraid of Pirates? An Experiment on Innovation Investment When Innovation and Imitation are Costly and Risky" (joint with Marco Kleine)

    Nov. 15, 2012
    Eric Talley, UC Berkeley School of Law

    Nov. 29, 2012
    Claudia Landeo, Yale Law School
    "It Takes Three to Tango: An Experimental Study of Contracts with Stipulated Damages" (co-authored with Kathryn Spier)

    Jan. 17, 2013
    Zev Eigen, Northwestern University School of Law USC School of Law
    "Justice or Just Between Us: Empirical Evidence of the Trade-Off Between Procedural and Interactional Justice in Workplace Dispute Resolution"

    Jan. 31, 2013
    Jonathan Masur, University of Chicago Law School
    "Raising the Stakes in Patent Cases"

    Feb. 14, 2013
    Fernando Gomez, NYU School of Law/Pompeu Fabra
    "Product Liability v. Reputation"

    Feb. 28, 2013
    Ronen Avraham, UT Austin School of Law
    "The anatomy of anti-discrimination insurance laws"

    March 14, 2013
    Aaron Edlin, Berkeley Law
    "Switcher's curse and conservatism"

    April 4, 2013
    Richard Holden, University of New South Wales
    "Supermajority Voting Rules"

    April 11, 2013
    Robert E. Scott, Columbia Law School
    "Contract and Innovation: The Limited Role of Generalist Courts in the Evolution of Novel Contractual Forms"


  • Fall 2011/Spring 2012 Speakers

    October 5, 2011
    Shmuel Leshem, USC Law
    ​"Buying the Right to Harm: The Economics of Buyouts"

    October 19, 2011
    Abraham Wickelgren, University of Texas School of Law
    "Settlement and the Strict Liability-Negligence Comparison"

    March 8, 2012
    Tess Wilkinson-Ryan, University of Pennsylvania Law School
    "Transferring Trust: Reciprocity Norms and Assignment of Contract"

    March 22, 2012
    John J. Donohue III, Stanford Law School
    "Capital Punishment in Connecticut, 1973 - 2007: A Comprehensive Evaluation from 4686 Murders to One Execution"

    April 5, 2012
    Robert D. Cooter, UC Berkeley School of Law
    "Readings from Solomon's Knot: How Law Can End the Poverty of Nations"

    April 19, 2012
    ​Joshua C. Teitelbaum, Georgetown University Law Center
    "​Inside the Blackwell Box: Explaining U.S. Marine Salvage Awards"

  • Fall 2010/Spring 2011 Speakers

    September 22, 2010
    Judson Caskey, UCLA Anderson School of Management

    October 27, 2010
    Lynn Stout, UCLA School of Law

    January 27, 2011
    Iman Anabtawi, UCLA School of Law and and Steven L. Schwarcz, Duke Law School
    “Regulating Systemic Risk”

    March 31, 2011
    Louis Kaplow, Harvard Law School

  • Fall 2009/Spring 2010 Speakers

    October 13, 2009
    Connan Snider, UCLA Economics Department

    November 10, 2009
    Daniel Ho, Stanford Law School

    December 1, 2009 
    Oliver Hart, Harvard Economics Department

    January 12, 2010
    Max Schanzenbach, Northwestern Law School

    February 16, 2010
    Yair Listokin, Yale Law School

    March 16, 2010
    Matthew Stephenson, Harvard Law School

    April 13, 2010
    Anup Malani, University of Chicago Law School

  • Fall 2007/Spring 2008 Speakers

    September 11, 2007
    Ed McCaffery, USC School of Law
    “Explorations in the Theory of Optimal Income Taxes”

    October 9, 2007
    Doug Lichtman, UCLA School of Law
    "Building Book Search Right"

    November 13, 2007 
    Suzanne Scotchmer, UC Berkeley Economics Department
    “Digital Rights Management and the Pricing of Digital Products”

    December 11, 2007
    Steve Shavell, Harvard Law School
    “On Optimal Legal Change, Past Behavior, and Grandfathering”

    January 8, 2008
    Andrew Daughety and Jennifer Reinganum, Vanderbilt Economics Department
    “Mass Torts and the Incentives for Suit, Settlement, and Trial”

    February 12, 2008
    Emmanuel Saez, UC Berkeley Economics Department

    March 11, 2008
    John de Figueiredo, UCLA Anderson School of Management
    “The Dynamics of Deregulation”

    April 8, 2008
    Stephen Choi, NYU School of Law
    "Empirical Evidence on Securities Arbitration"

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