Soshnick Colloquium on Law and Economics

The Soshnick Colloquium on Law and Economics is an advanced seminar that brings together outside scholars, resident faculty, and Northwestern students for discussions on cutting-edge research papers in the law and economics field. During the course of the colloquium, a leading scholar will present a paper growing out of his or her research in the law and economics. Presenters will receive valuable feedback and suggestions for how to expand or improve their research and Northwestern Law students and faculty will gain a broader understanding of the relation of law and economic theory.

Spring 2020

Organized by Professor Ezra Friedman

All sessions take place on Thursdays from 4:00pm - 5:50pm in Rubloff 339.

January 30
Colleen Honigsberg, Associate Professor of Law, Stanford Law School

February 20
Dean Karlan, Professor of Economics and Finance, Northwestern University

February 27
Rebecca Stone, Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law

March 12
Sepehr Shahshahani, Associate Professor of Law, Fordham University School of Law

March 19
Murat Mungan, Professor of Law, George Mason, Antonin Scalia Law School

April 9
Ofer Eldar, Associate Professor of Law and Finance, Duke Law School

April 16
Molly Schnell, Assistant Professor of Economics, Northwestern University

 


Fall 2019

Organized by Professor Sarath Sanga

All sessions take place on Thursdays from 4:00pm - 5:50pm in Rubloff 339.

September 12
Richard R.W. Brooks, Professor of Law, New York University School of Law
Loyalty and What Law Demands: Self Interest, Sole Interest or Best Interest

September 26
Abhay Aneja, Assistant Professor of Law, University of California Berkeley Law
The Effect of Political Power on Labor Market Inequality: Evidence from the 1965 Voting Rights Act

October 10
Abby K. Wood, Associate Professor of Law, Political Science and Public Policy, USC Gould School of Law
Campaign Finance Transparency Affects Legislators’ Election Outcomes and Behavior

October 17
Merritt B. Fox, Michael E. Patterson Professor of Law, Columbia Law School
The Core Corporate Governance Puzzle: Contextualizing the Link to Performance

October 31
Kristen Underhill, Associate Professor of Law, Columbia Law School 
Rolling Out the Unwelcome Mat: Associations between Welfare Sanctions and Medicaid Enrollment

November 7
Roberta Romano, Sterling Professor of Law, Yale Law School
The Iron Law of Financial Regulation

November 21
Gabriel Rauterberg, Assistant Professor of Law, The University of Michigan Law School
Allocating Control by Contract: An Empirical Analysis of Shareholder Agreements

December 3
Max Schanzenbach, Seigle Family Professor of Law, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
Does Discipline Decrease Police Misconduct? Evidence from Chicago Civilian Allegations


Spring 2019

Organized by Professor Sarath Sanga

All sessions take place on Thursdays from 4:00pm - 5:50pm in Rubloff 339.

January 31
Enrichetta Ravina, Visiting Associate Professor of Finance, Northwestern Kellogg School of Management
Investor Ideology

February 7
Kerwin Charles, Edwin A. and Betty L. Bergman Distinguished Service Professor, The University of Chicago, Harris Public Policy
The Effects of Sexism on American Women: The Role of Norms vs. Discrimination

(Professor Charles will also discuss his work on race-based and religion-based discrimination in the labor market. The race-based discrimination paper is available here.)

February 21
Raymond Fisman, Slater Family Professor in Behavioral Economics, Boston University
Hall of Mirrors: Corporate Philanthropy and Strategic Advocacy

February 28
Alex Raskolnikov, Wilbur H. Friedman Professor of Tax Law, Columbia Law School
Selective Incentives

March 14
Andrew Hayashi, Professor of Law, University of Virginia School of Law
Rules and Standards: The Games Legislators Play

March 21
Megan Stevenson, Assistant Professor of Law, George Mason University, Antonin Scalia Law School
Algorithmic Risk Assessment in the Hands of Humans

April 11
Ryan Bubb, Professor of Law, New York University School of Law
The Party Structure of Mutual Funds

April 18
Oeindrila Dube, Philip K. Pearson Professor of Global Conflict Studies, The University of Chicago, Harris Public Policy
Healthcare Delivery During Crises: Experimental Evidence from Sierra Leone’s Ebola Outbreak

 


Fall 2018

Organized by Professor Ezra Friedman and Professor Max M. Schanzenbach

All sessions take place on Thursdays from 4:00pm - 5:50pm in Rubloff 339.
(Note there is a special session on Tuesday, November 27.)

September 13
John D. Morley, Professor of Law, Yale Law School
Too Big to be Activist

September 20
Kenneth Ayotte, Professor of Law, University of California Berkeley Law
Disagreement and Capital Structure Complexity

October 4
Edward G. Fox, Assistant Professor, University of Michigan Law School
Alpha Duties: The Search for Excess Returns and Appropriate Fiduciary Duties

October 11
Marit Rehavi, Associate Professor, Vancouver School of Economics
Tipping the Scales? Testing for Political Influence on Public Corruption Prosecutions

October 25
Natasha Sarin, Assistant Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School
The Salience Theory of Consumer Financial Regulation

November 1
Mark Schankerman, Professor of Economics, London School of Economics
Screening for Patent Quality

November 15
Allen Ferrell, Greenfield Professor of Securities Law, Harvard Law School
How Accurate are Matrix Bond Prices?

November 27 (Tuesday)
Michael D. Frakes, Professor of Law and Economics, Duke Law School
Is Great Information Good Enough? Evidence From Physicians as Patients


Spring 2018

Organized by Professor Sarath Sanga

All sessions take place on Thursdays from 4:00pm - 5:50pm in Rubloff 339.

January 25
Martin Schmalz, Assistant Professor of Finance, University of Michigan

Main Paper:
Common Ownership, Competition, and Top Management Incentives

Short policy primer: 
Common Ownership and Competition: Facts, Misconceptions, and What to Do About It

February 1
Luigi Zingales, Robert C. McCormack Distinguished Service Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance, and Charles M. Harper Faculty Fellow, University of Chicago
Is Pollution Value-Maximizing? The DuPont Case

February 15
Anu Bradford, Henry L. Moses Professor of Law and International Organization, Columbia Law School
Trade Openness and Antitrust Law

February 22
Eric L. Talley, Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor, Columbia University
Appraisal Arbitrage and Shareholder Value

March 8
Anjali Adukia, Assistant Professor, University of Chicago
Educational Investment Responses to Economic Opportunity: Evidence from Indian Road Construction

March 15
Douglas G. Baird, Harry A. Bigelow Distinguished Service Professor of Law, University of Chicago Law School
Statutory Interpretation, Three Ways: The “Best Interests of Creditors” Test in Chapter 9

April 5
Dhammika Dharmapala, Julius Kreeger Professor of Law, University of Chicago Law School
The Effect of Collective Bargaining Rights on Law Enforcement: Evidence from Florida

April 12
Tess Wilkinson-Ryan, Professor of Law and Psychology; Deputy Dean, University of Pennsylvania Law School
Law and Psychology Grows Up, Goes Online, and Replicates


Fall 2017

Organized by Professor Ezra Friedman

All sessions take place on Thursdays from 4:00pm - 5:50pm in Rubloff 339.
(Note there is a special session on Tuesday, November 28.)

September 14
Louis Kaplow, Finn M. W. Caspersen and Household International Professor of Law and Economics, Harvard Law School
On the Design of Legal Rules: Balancing Versus Structured Decision Procedures

September 21
Jennifer Reinganum, E. Bronson Ingram Professor of Economics and Law, Vanderbilt Law School
Evidence Suppression by Prosecutors: Violations of the Brady Rule

October 5
Anup Malani, Lee and Brena Freeman Professor of Law, University of Chicago Law School
Can Blockchain Solve the Holdup Problem in Contracts?

October 12
Maya Sen, Associate Professor of Public Policy, Harvard University Kennedy School
Influence and Ideology in the American Judiciary: Evidence from Supreme Court Law Clerks

October 26
Keith Chen, Associate Professor of Economics, UCLA Anderson School of Management
Politics Gets Personal: Effects of Political Partisanship and Advertising on Family Ties

November 2
Sam Norris, Department of Economics, Northwestern University
Judicial Errors: Evidence from Refugee Appeals

November 16
Andrew Verstein, Associate Professor of Law at Wake Forest Law School, Visiting University of Chicago Law School
The Enduring Distinction between Business Entities and Security Interests: Dynamic versus Fixed Priority

November 28 (Tuesday)
Cancelled


Spring 2017

Organized by Professor Sarath Sanga

All sessions take place on Thursdays from 4:00pm - 5:50pm in Rubloff 339.
(The January 26 session begins at 4:30pm.)

January 26
Joel Mokyr, Robert H. Strotz Professor, Northwestern University
A Culture of Growth: The Origins of the Modern Economy

February 2
Elisabeth Kempf, Assistant Professor of Finance, Chicago Booth
The Job Rating Game: The Effects of Revolving Doors on Analyst Incentives

February 16
Elliott Ash, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Princeton Woodrow Wilson School
The Impact of Legal Schools of Thought

February 23
Geoffrey Miller, Stuyvesant P. Comfort Professor of Law, New York University School of Law
An Economic Analysis of Effective Compliance Programs

March 9
Oren Bar-Gill, William J. Friedman and Alicia Townsend Friedman Professor of Law and Economics, Harvard Law School
Disclosure Rules in Contract Law

March 16
Zachary Liscow, Associate Professor of Law, Yale Law School
Do Court Mandates Change the Distribution of Taxes and Spending? Evidence from School Finance Litigation
Appendix

April 6
Jacob Goldin, Assistant Professor of Law, Stanford Law School
Influence and Ideology in the American Judiciary: Evidence from Supreme Court Law Clerks

April 13
Allison Morantz, James and Nancy Kelso Professor of Law, Stanford Law School
Rejecting the Grand Bargain: What Happens when Large Companies Opt out of Workers' Compensation?