Ezra Friedman

Professor of Law


Ezra Friedman received a BA in economics from Haverford College, a JD from Yale Law School, and a PhD in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Prior to joining Northwestern Law, Friedman served as a visiting lecturer at Yale University and a staff economist at the Federal Trade Commission.

Selected Publications

  • A New Angle on Rules versus Standards in 16 american law and economics review 499-549 (Fall 2014) (with Abraham Wickelgren).
  • Competition and Unconscionability.
  • An Economic Analysis of Fact Witness Payment. (with Eugene Kontorovich)
  • Competition Policy and Financial Distress.
  • Chilling, Settlement, and the Accuracy of the Legal System in 26 journal of law, economics and organization (Spring 2010) (with Abraham Wickelgren).
  • No Free Lunch: How Settlement Can Reduce the Legal System’s Ability to Induce Efficient Behavior in 61 smu law review 1355-1376 (2008).
  • Bayesian Juries and the Limits to Deterrence in 22 journal of law, economics and organization 70-86 (April 2006) (with Abraham Wickelgren).
  • Adverse Selection as a Barrier to Entry in the Banking Industry in 30 rand journal of economics 515-534 (Autumn 1999) (with Giovanni Dell’Ariccia and Robert Marquez).

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  • BA, Haverford College
  • PhD in Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • JD, Yale Law School

Prior Appointments

  • Associate Professor of Law, Northwestern University School of Law
  • Assistant Professor of Law, Northwestern University School of Law
  • Visiting Lecturer in Law, Jan 2006-June 2006, Yale Law School
  • Visiting Lecturer, Sept 2002-June 2006, Yale University
  • Staff Economist, Oct. 1999-July 2002, Federal Trade Commission

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