Soshnick Colloquium on Law and Economics

The Soshnick Colloquium on Law and Economics is co-sponsored by the Searle Center on Law, Regulation, and Economic Growth. This 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.

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)
Michael Powell, Associate Professor of Strategy, Northwestern Kellogg
Sticking Points: Common-Agency Problems and Contracting in the U.S. Healthcare System


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?


Fall 2016

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 Wednesday, November 30.)

September 15
Daniel Schwarcz, Julius E. Davis Professor of Law, University of Minnesota Law School
Coverage information in Insurance Law

September 22

Kyle Rozema, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law
Monitoring Police Officer Conduct through Civilian Allegations: An Analysis Using Chicago Data

October 6
Kathryn Spier, Domenico de Sole Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
Taking a Financial Position in Your Opponent in Litigation

October 13

Gillian Hadfield, Richard L. and Antoinette Schamoi Kirtland Professor of Law and Professor of Economics, USC Gould School of Law
Markets for Rules

October 27

Sonja Starr, Professor of Law, The University of Michigan Law School
Ban the Box, Criminal Records, and Statistical Discrimination: A Field Experiment

November 3

Scott Hemphill, Professor of Law, New York University School of Law
Strength, Scope, and Competition in Trademark Law

November 17

Daniel Hemel, Assistant Professor of Law, University of Chicago Law School
Federalism and Inequality

November 30 (Note this is a Wednesday.)

Alex Lee, Associate Professor of Law, University of Southern California Gould School of Law
Litigation and Settlement under Correlated Two-Sided Incomplete Information


Spring 2016

Organized by Professors Ezra Friedman and Max Schanzenbach

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


January 28

Jonathan Masur, John P. Wilson Professor of Law, The University of Chicago, The Law School
Unquantified Benefits and Bayesian Cost-Benefit Analysis

February 4
Leemore S. Dafny, Herman Smith Research Professor in Hospital and Health Services
Professor of Strategy, Northwestern Kellogg School of Management
The Price Effects of Cross-Market Hospital Mergers

February 18
Seema Jayachandran, Associate Professor, Northwestern University, Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences
Firm Growth and Corruption: Empirical Evidence from Vietnam

February 25
Jesse Rothstein, Professor of Public Policy and Economics, University of California Berkeley, Goldman School of Public Policy
School Finance Reform and the Distribution of Student Achievement

March 10
Scott Baker, Liggett and Koenig Faculty Fellow, Washington University in St. Louis
A Theory of Judicial Deference

March17
Aurelie Ouss, Post-Doctoral Fellow, The University of Chicago Crime Lab
"No Hatred or Malice, Fear or Affection”: Media and Sentencing

April 8
Michael Frakes, Associate Professor of Law, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
Procrastination in the Workplace and Telework Place: Evidence from the U.S. Patent Office

April 14
JJ Prescott, Professor of Law, Law School, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan


Fall 2015

Organized by Professors Ezra Friedman and Max Schanzenbach

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

September 17
Will Dobbie, Assistant Professor of Economics, Princeton University
Consumer Bankruptcy and Financial Health

September 24
Adam Chilton, Assistant Professor of Law , University of Chicago Law School
Do Constitutional Rights Make a Difference?

October 8
Carola Frydman, Visiting Associate Professor of Finance, Kellogg School of Management
Investment Banks as Corporate Monitors in the early 20th Century United States

October 15
Florenica Marotta-Wurgler, Professor of Law, New York University School of Law
Understanding Privacy Policies: Content, Self-Regulation, and Market Forces

October 29
Yun-chien Chang, Associate Research Professor, Academia Sinica
Attorney and Judge Experience in Torts Litigation: An Empirical Study

November 6
Jonah Gelbach, Associate Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School
Discovering Coase

November 19
Tom Baker, William Maul Measey Professor, University of Pennsylvania Law School
The Organization of Lawyers’Liability Insurance Companies: Mutual and Stock

December 1
Prasad Krishnamurthy, Assistant Professor of Law, Berkeley Law
Affirmative Action and Stereotypes in Higher Education Admissions