Law & Economics Seminar

  • All presentations, unless otherwise noted, are Monday at 12:30 p.m. in 2130 Eck Hall of Law.
  • The workshop is open to all Notre Dame faculty and students.

Spring 2023

Date Presenter
1/30 John Duffy (Virginia)Second Amendment Sorting
2/6 Florencia Marotta-Wurgler (NYU), Filling the Void: How E.U. Privacy Law Spills Over to the U.S.
2/13 Patrick Corrigan (Notre Dame Law School), Do the Securities Laws Protect Investors? Lessons from SPACs.
2/20 Alex Yoon-Ho Lee (Northwestern), A Model of the Zone-of-Interests Test
2/27 Wendy Epstein (DePaul), Can Moral Framing Drive Health Insurance Coverage? A Field Experiment
3/6 Lisanne Hummel (Utrecht), Innovation as a Competitive Pressure in Digital Markets: Alternative Frameworks for EU Competition Law
3/20 Assaf Hamdani (Tel Aviv University), Algorithmic Decisions, AI, and Private Enforcement
3/27 Monika Leszczynska (Maastricht/Columbia), Does It Matter What People Lie About?
4/3 Adi Leibovitch (Hebrew U. of Jerusalem), Sanctions and Restitution
4/17 David Schwartz (Northwestern), Revealing When Companies Choose Inside Counsel: A Case Study from Patents
4/24 Felipe Goncalves (Econ UCLA), Does ICE Chill? Immigration Enforcement, Crime, and Police-Community Trust
4/28 Danny Sokol (USC), Cookie Intermediaries: Does Competition Lead to More Privacy? Evidence from the Dark Web
5/1 Hannah Shaffer (Chicago), Prosecutors, Race, and the Criminal Pipeline

Fall 2022

Date Presenter
8/22 Introduction to Law & Economics I
8/29 Introduction to Law & Economics II
9/5 Introduction to Empirical Legal Studies
9/12 Dhruv Aggarwal (Yale Ph.D. candidate in Economics, Yale J.D.), “The Myth of Lawyer-Statesmen? An Empirical Analysis of General Counsel”
9/19 Hajin Kim (University of Chicago Law School), “Expecting Corporate Prosociality”
9/26 Chika Okafor (Harvard Ph.D. candidate in Economics, Yale J.D.), “Prosecutor Politics: The Impact of Election Cycles on Criminal Sentencing in the Era of Rising Incarceration”
10/3 Maria Maciá (Notre Dame Law School), “Mandatory Disclosure for Ethical Supply Chains: Market Responses to Conflict Mineral Reports”
10/10 Davin Raiha (Notre Dame Economics), “Economic Influence Activities and the Strategic Location of Investment” (with John M. de Figueiredo, Duke Law School).
10/24 Steven Davidoff Solomon (UC-Berkeley School of Law), “Does Voluntary Financial Disclosure Matter? The Case of Fairness Opinions in M&A”
4/17 David Schwartz (Northwestern), Revealing When Companies Choose Inside Counsel: A Case Study from Patents
10/31 Avishalom Tor (Notre Dame Law School), “When Should Governments Invest More in Nudging? Revisiting Benartzi et al. (2017)” (with Jonathan Klick, Penn Law)
11/7 Ben Johnson (Penn State University Law School), “The Least Responsive Branch: Using Random Forests to Predict Justices’ Voting Behavior” (with Logan Strother, Purdue University)
11/14 Dean Lueck (Indiana University, Dept. of Economics), “The Legacy of Mexican Land and Water in California” (with Gary Libecap, University of California – Santa Barbara & Julio Ramos, Indiana University).
11/21 Jun Yang (Notre Dame Finance), “Bank Stress Testing: Public Interest or Regulatory Capture?” (with Thomas Schneider, Old Dominion University & Philip Strahan, Boston College)
11/28 Jonathan Nash (Emory University School of Law), “An Experimental Examination of the Bias Rationale for Federal Diversity Jurisdiction” (with Dan Klerman, USC Law)

Spring 2021

Date Presenter
2/26 Hans-Bernd Schäfer (Bucerius Law School), Private versus Public Security Services
3/5 Sadie Blanchard (Notre Dame Law School), Contracts Without Courts or Clans: How Freestanding Business Networks Govern Exchange
3/12 Jonathan Petkun (Yale Law School), Can (and Should) Judges Be Shamed? Evidence from the “Six-Month List”
3/19 Luigi Franzoni (University of Bologna), Liability Law with Differential Beliefs
3/26 Lakshmi Iyer (University of Notre Dame), A Field of Her Own? Formal Land Rights and Women’s Agency in Myanmar 
4/9 Steven Shavell (Harvard Law School), On the Law of the Household: The Principles that Parents Use to Discipline Their Children
4/16 Sandra Polania-Reyes & David Echeverry (University of Notre Dame), Can a Government Program Improve Collective Action? Evidence on Induced Interaction and Efficient Coordination
4/23 Brian Galle (Georgetown Law School), The Federal Reserve and the Fiscal System
4/30 Robert Collinson (University of Notre Dame), Emergency Housing Assistance and Housing Instability
5/7 Patrick Corrigan (Notre Dame Law School), Bookbuilding in IPOs: An Optimal Valuation Method or ‘Broken Process’? What We Can Learn from Initial Pricing Estimates and Upsizing and Downsizing Data
Caroline Cecot (George Mason University School of Law), The Federal Enforcement Threat: The Effect of Overfiling Under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act

Fall 2019

Date Presenter
9/27 Gabriel Rauterberg (Michigan Law)
"Contractualizing Corporate Governance"
10/4 Todd Henderson (University of Chicago, the Law School)
“CEO Traits and Firm Outcomes: Do Early Childhood Experiences Matter?” (with Irena Hutton (Florida State University))
10/11 Adi Leibovitch (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
“Bargaining in the Shadow of the Judge” 
10/18 Sarath Sanga (Northwestern University)
“On the Origins of the Market for Corporate Law”
11/1 Margaret Brinig (Notre Dame Law School)
“The Invisible Prison: Pathways and Prevention” (with Marsha Garrison (Brooklyn))
11/15 Robert Collinson (University of Notre Dame)
“The Effects of Evictions on Low-Income Households”
11/22 Robert J. Jackson (NYU Law; SEC Commissioner) at Mendoza
“Reflections on the 25th Anniversary of Commissioner A.A. Sommer’s Address at Notre Dame” 

Fall 2018

Date Presenter and Presentation
9/3 Margaret F. Brinig (Notre Dame Law School) 
“Invisible Cages: Paternal Crime and Delinquency in a Disadvantaged Midwestern Population” (with Marsha Garrison, Brooklyn Law School)
9/17 Patrick R. Ward (University of Chicago, J.D./Ph.D. student in Economics)
“Personal Morality versus Rule-Based Decisionmaking: An Empirical Examination of Negotiation Ethics”
10/1  John J. Donohue (Stanford Law School)
"Right-to-Carry Laws and Violent Crime: A Comprehensive Assessment Using Panel Data and a State-Level Synthetic Control Analysis" (with Abhay Aneja, UC--Berkeley Haas School of Business, and Kyle D. Weber, Columbia University--Ph.D. student in Economics) 
10/22 Joni Hersch (Vanderbilt Law School)
“Valuing the Risk of Workplace Sexual Harassment”
10/29  W. Kip Viscuci (Vanderbilt Law School)
“Pricing Lives: Guideposts for a Safer Society”
11/5 Abigail Wozniak (University of Notre Dame, Department of Economics)
“Gun Access and Social Decision-making”
11/12  Richard McAdams (University of Chicago Law School)
“The Effect of Collective Bargaining Rights on Law Enforcement: Evidence from Florida”
11/19 J.J. Prescott (Michigan Law School)
“The Accuracy and Effects of Beliefs About Noncompete Laws: Evidence from an Information Experiment” (with Evan Starr, University of Maryland, School of Business)

Fall 2017

Date Presenter and Presentation
9/4 Margaret F. Brinig (Notre Dame Law School) 
“Child Support Establishment and Enforcement in a Disadvantaged Population: Results from an Empirical Investigation of Paternity Actions in St. Joseph County, Indiana” (with Marsha Garrison, Brooklyn Law School)
9/18 William Hubbard (University of Chicago Law School) 
“Testing Litigation Selection Hypotheses with Taiwanese Court Data”
10/2 Chloe Gibbs (University of Notre Dame, Department of Economics)
“Breaking the Cycle? The Intergenerational Effects of Head Start” (with Andrew Barr, Texas A&M University, Department of Economics)
10/10 [Tuesday, 3:45-5:30 pm] LAMB Symposium on “The Antitrust Implications of Horizontal Shareholdings” (sponsored by the Larry Bonner Endowment for Excellence in Commodities and Securities Law and the Research Program on Law & Market Behavior)
  Keynote address by Einer R. Elhauge (Harvard Law School), “Horizontal Shareholding”
  Comments by Jonathan B. Baker (American University, Washington College of Law), Daniel Crane (Michigan Law School), Martijn Cremers (University of Notre Dame, Mendoza College of Business), Martin Schmalz (University of Michigan, Ross School of Business), Simone Sepe (University of Arizona College of Law; Visiting Professor, Notre Dame Law School)
10/23 [12:30 pm] Karen Bradshaw (Arizona State University, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law; Visiting Professor, University of Chicago Law School)
“Virtual Parceling: Coordinated Resource Management in an Era of Privatization” (with Bryan Leonard, Arizona State University)
10/23 [2:00 pm] Dean Lueck (Indiana University, Department of Economics) 
“The Evolution and Organization of Environmental Agencies”
10/30 Jennifer S. Barber (University of Michigan, Department of Sociology) 
11/6 Maria Maciá (University of Chicago Law School & Department of Economics)
“How the Switch from Intent to Disparate Impact in Housing Discrimination Affects Race-Based Differentials in Mortgage Lending”
11/13 Kenworthey Bilz (University of Illinois College of Law; Visiting Professor, Notre Dame Law School) 
“How Dare You? The Effect of Offender Status on Perceived Wrongdoing” (co-sponsor: Research Program on Law & Market Behavior)
11/20 J. Shahar Dillbary (University of Alabama School of Law) 
“Evidence of But-For Causation: An Experimental Analysis” (co-sponsor: Research Program on Law & Market Behavior)
11/21 [Tuesday, 2:00-3:15 pm] Cass Sunstein (Harvard Law School) 
“Nudges That Fail” (Clynes Chair Lecturer; Distinguished Speaker, Research Program on Law & Market Behavior)

Fall 2016

Sept. 5 Daniel B. Kelly – Notre Dame Law School
“Remedies for Fiduciary Breach: An Economic Analysis of Private and Charitable Trusts”
Sept. 19 Jonathan Klick – University of Pennsylvania Law School
“The Role of Selection Effects in Estimated Racial Healthcare Disparities: Evidence from Travelers” (with Eric Helland, Claremont McKenna College, Dept. of Economics & RAND and Ajay Sridhar, Duke University, Fuqua School of Business) Paper
Sept. 26 Avishalom Tor – Notre Dame Law School
“Just Nudging?”
Oct. 3 Elisabeth de Fontenay – Duke University School of Law
“Market Information and the Elite Law Firm” Paper
Oct. 10 Krzysztof Karbownik – Northwestern University
“Birth Order and Delinquency: Evidence from Denmark and Florida” (with Sanni Breining, Aarhus University, Dept. of Economics; Joseph Doyle, MIT Sloan School of Management, NBER, & SFI; and David N. Figlio, Northwestern University, Institute for Policy Research & NBER)
Oct. 24 David E. Campbell – Notre Dame, Dept. of Political Science
“Putting Politics First: Political Influences on American Religion and Secularism” (with Geoffrey C. Layman, Notre Dame, Dept. of Political Science and John C. Green, University of Akron, Dept. of Political Science)
Oct. 31 Lloyd H. Mayer – Notre Dame Law School
“Who Should Regulate Money in Politics?
Nov. 7 Margaret F. Brinig – Notre Dame Law School
“Racial and Gender Justice in the Child Welfare System"
Nov. 14 Peter T. Leeson – George Mason University, Dept. of Economics
“Witch Trials" (with Jacob W. Russ, George Mason University, Dept. of Economics)

Fall 2015

9/7 Decriminalizing Threats
-Saul Levmore (University of Chicago Law School) (Presenter)
-Ariel Porat (Tel Aviv University Faculty of Law; Visiting, Chicago Law)
9/21 The Death of the Firm
-June Carbone (Minnesota Law School)
9/28 Do Homelessness Prevention Programs Prevent Homelessness?
-William N. Evans (Notre Dame Economics Department)
-James X. Sullivan (Notre Dame Economics Department) (Presenter)
-Melanie Wallskog (University of Notre Dame, R.A. for LEO)
10/5 CEO Side-Payments in M&A Deals
-Brian Broughman (Indiana University Maurer School of Law
10/12 “Nuclear Power and the Mob: Extortion and Social Capital in Japan”
-J. Mark Ramseyer (Harvard Law School)
10/26 “Paying Not to Save for Retirement: A Behavioral Contract Theory of Retirement Plan Design” (N.B. Paper with formal model will be circulated.)
-Ryan Bubb (New York University School of Law) (Presenter)
-Patrick L. Warren (Clemson University Economics Department)
11/9 “Banker Loyalty in Mergers & Acquisitions”
-Andrew F. Tuch (Washington University School of Law)
11/16 “A Regime of Piecemeal Compliance”
-Veronica Root (Notre Dame Law School)

Fall 2014

M 9/15 Stephen Yelderman (ND Law School): Coordination-Focused Patent Policy
M 9/22 Kirk B. Doran (ND Economics): Prizes and Productivity: How Winning the Fields Medal Affects Scientific Output(with George J. Borjas, Harvard Kennedy School)
M 9/29 Margaret F. Brinig (ND Law School): Shared Parenting Laws: Mistakes of Pooling?
M 10/13 Eric Rasmusen (IU Business): The Goals of the Corporation under Shareholder Primacy: Just Profit — Or Social Responsibility and Religious Exercise Too?
M 11/3 Jonathan Remy Nash (Emory Law School): Interparty Judicial Appointments: A Study of New York’s Bipartisan Senatorial Nomination System, 1977-1998
M 11/10 Matthew E.K. Hall (ND Political Science): The Limits of Leadership: Building Consensus on State Supreme Courts (with Jason Harold Windett, Saint Louis University Political Science)
F 11/14
(Eck 3130 at 12:30 pm)
Law and Economics Symposium: Keith N. Hylton (Boston University School of Law) Competition and Innovation: A Framework for the Patent-Antitrust Conflict
Fred S. McChesney (University of Miami School of Law) One Piece at a Time: Successive Monopoly and Tying in Antitrust Economics
M 11/17 Paul J. Heald (University of Illinois College of Law): How Notice-and-Takedown Regimes Create Markets for Music on YouTube: An Empirical Study
M 11/24 Simone M. Sepe (Arizona Law School): The Delaware Myth and the Financial Value of Corporate Law (with K.J. Martijn Cremers, ND Finance)

Fall 2013

09/09 Zachary Gubler (Arizona State Law School), “Experimental Rules”
09/16 Lisa Bernstein (University of Chicago Law School), “Trade Usage in the Courts: The Flawed Evidentiary Basis of Article 2’s Incorporation Strategy”
09/30 Eleanor Brown (George Washington Law School), “Why Do Black West Indian Migrants Dominate Affirmative Action Programs in the Ivy League and Other Elite Institutions? Some Reflections on the Educational Upside of Highly Networked Communities”
10/07 Margaret Brinig (Notre Dame Law School), “Grandparents and Accessory Dwelling Units: Preserving Intimacy and Independence”
10/14 Daniel B. Kelly (Notre Dame Law School), “Allocating Property at Death: A Comparative Institutional Analysis of Succession Law”
11/04 Michael Simkovic (Seton Hall Law School) & Frank McIntyre (Rutgers Business School), “The Economic Value of a Law Degree”
11/11 Nicole Stelle Garnett (Notre Dame Law School), “Public-School Closures as a Land-Use Problem”
11/25 Daniel Hungerman (Notre Dame Economics), “Understanding the Incidence(s) of School Choice: Evidence on the Fiscal & Sectarian Effects of U.S. School-Choice Programs from a Selected Sample of Schools”
Daniel Chen (ETH Zurich), “Priming Ideology? Electoral Cycles Without Electoral Incentives Among U.S. Judges”, DeBartolo 125, 3:30-5:00 pm

Spring 2013

(2-4:45 pm)
Law and Economics Symposium: “The Tragedy of the Anticommons” 
Michael A. Heller (Columbia Law School), The Gridlock Economy: How Too Much Ownership Wrecks Markets, Stops Innovation, and Costs Lives” (2:00 pm)
Jenny Rae Hawkins (Oberlin Economics), “Mitigating Hold-Up Through Complementarities and Refunds” (3:30 pm)
01/21 Daniel B. Kelly (Notre Dame Law School), “Circumventing the Anticommons: Evidence from Real Estate Transactions”
02/04 Margaret F. Brinig (Notre Dame Law) & Nicole S. Garnett (Notre Dame Law), Beyond Classroom Walls: The Shifting Educational Landscape of Urban Neighborhood Life
02/11 Betsey Stevenson (University of Michigan, Ford School of Public Policy) 
“Growth in Income and Subjective Well-Being Over Time” (with Daniel Sacks & Justin Wolfer)
02/18 James Lindgren, Northwestern Law School
“Redistribution and Racism, Tolerance and Capitalism”
02/25 William N. Evans (Notre Dame Economics), Craig Garthwaite (Northwestern University, Kellogg School) & Timothy Moore (George Washington Economics), “The White/Black Educational Gap, Stalled Progress, and the Long Term Consequences of the Emergence of Crack Cocaine Markets”
03/04 J.J. Prescott (Michigan Law School): “Criminal Choice in Sentencing”
03/18 Robert Mikos (Vanderbilt Law School), “Compliance in Federal Systems”
03/25 Richard Epstein (NYU/University of Chicago Law), “The Takings Clause and Partial Interests in Land: On Sharp Boundaries and Continuous Distributions”
04/08 Ariel Katz (University of Toronto Faculty of Law), “eBooks, Antitrust, and the First Sale Doctrine: Some History and Some Economics”
04/15 Panel on “Evaluating Google Search”
04/22 Kathyrn Zeiler (Georgetown Law) & Gregory Klass (Georgetown Law), “Against Endowment Theory: Experimental Economics and Legal Scholarship”

Spring 2012

02/06 Daniel B. Kelly (Notre Dame Law School)
“Ex Ante Versus Ex Post Analysis in Wills, Trusts, and Estates”
02/27 James R. Hines, Jr. (Michigan Law School)
“Rational Intestacy and Probate Reform”
03/05 Margaret F. Brinig (Notre Dame Law School) & Nicole S. Garnett (Notre Dame Law School)
“Accessory Dwelling Units”
03/19 Jeff Thurk (Notre Dame Economics)
“International Protection of Intellectual Property”
03/26 Mark Lemley (Stanford Law School) & Mark McKenna (Notre Dame Law School)
“Is Pepsi Really a Substitute for Coke? Market Definitions in Antitrust and IP”
04/02 Andrew W. Torrance (Kansas Law School; Visiting, MIT Sloan School of Management)
“Must Patented Designs be Attractive?
An Experimental Study of Aesthetics and the Ornamentality Requirement in Design Law”
Roberta Romano (Yale Law School)
“Regulatory Diversity and Experimentation in the Basel Regime of International Financial Market Regulation”
(2:00 p.m. in Eck Hall 1130)

Richard A. Posner (University of Chicago Law School; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit)
“The Nirvana Fallacy Revisited” 
“The Crisis of Macroeconomics” 
(3:30 p.m. in Eck Hall 1130)
04/23 Amitai Aviram (University of Illinois College of Law)
“Path Dependence in the Development of Private Legal Systems”
Robert P. Merges (University of California-Berkeley School of Law)
“Justifying Intellectual Property”
(Time and Place TBA)
04/30 Avishalom Tor (Notre Dame Law School)
“Experimental Studies of the N-Effect”

Fall 2010

08/30 Daniel B. Kelly (Notre Dame Law School),
Strategic Spillovers
09/13 Margaret F. Brinig (Notre Dame Law School) and Nicole S. Garnett (Notre Dame Law School),
Catholic Schools and Broken Windows
09/17 Robert C. Ellickson (Yale Law School),
Legal Constraints on Household Moves: Should Footloose Americans Envy the Rooted French? (2:00 pm in Eck 1140) 
-Responses: Nicole S. Garnett (Notre Dame Law School)
Edward L. Glaeser (Harvard Economics Department)

Edward L. Glaeser (Harvard Economics Department), Can Cheap Credit Explain the Housing Boom? (3:30 pm in Eck 1140)
-Responses: William N. Evans (Notre Dame Economics Department) 
Robert C. Ellickson (Yale Law School)
09/27 G. Marcus Cole (Stanford Law),
“Is Mobile Phone Banking Really Banking?”
10/04 Colleen M. Baker (Notre Dame Law School),
“‘Too Big To Fail,’ Round II?: Governing Central Counterparty Clearinghouses”
10/11 Francisco Pérez-González (Stanford Finance) and Hayong Yun (Notre Dame Finance),
“The Real Effects of Derivative Markets: Evidence from Electric Utilities”
10/25 Paul J. Stancil (University of Illinois College of Law),
11/08 Doug Allen (Simon Fraser Economics Department) and Margaret F. Brinig (Notre Dame Law School),
“Child Support Guidelines and Divorce Rates”
11/15 Kasey Buckles (Notre Dame Economics Department), Melanie Guldi (Mt. Holyoke Economics Department), and Joseph Price (Brigham Young University Economics Department and National Bureau of Economic Research),
“Changing the Price of Marriage: Evidence from Blood Test Requirements”