Colloquium on Law, Economics, and Politics

Professors John Ferejohn and Lewis Kornhauser

Fall 2015
Tuesday, 4:00-5:50 p.m.
Vanderbilt Hall, Room 202

2 credits

The course will investigate a wide variety of topics ranging from the foundations of rational choice theory (an inquiry important to the evaluation of the use of the theory in understanding law) to applications to questions of immediate interest. Economists and political scientists have used the theory to investigate a number of topics of central interest to the law such as (a) how the organization of Congress affects the nature and content of legislation enacted; (b) the relation between courts and Congress; (c) Congressional and judicial control of administrative agencies; (d) federalism; and (e) the structure of adjudication.

Fall 2015 Schedule of Presenters

September 8

Cristina Rodriguez (Yale Law School)
"The President and Immigration Law (with Adam Cox, New York University School of Law)

September 22

Lisa Blaydes (Stanford University, Department of Political Science)
"Compliance and Resistance in Iraq under Saddam Hussein: Evidence from the Files of the Ba‘th Party"

October 6

W. Bentley MacLeod (Columbia University, Department of Economics)
"The Performance of Elected Officials: Evidence from State Supreme Courts"
 (with Elliott Ash, PhD candidate, Columbia University, Department of Economics)

October 20

Scott E. Page (University of Michigan, Santa Fe Institute)
"Re-Interpreting the Condorcet Jury Theorem"

November 3

Tiberiu Dragu (New York University, Wilf Family Department of  Politics)
"The Moral Hazard of Terrorism Prevention"

November 17

Ilyana Kuziemko (Princeton University)
"Why did the Democrats Lose the South? Bringing New Data to an Old Debate"

December 1

Joseph Fishkin (University of Texas School of Law)
"The Constitution of Opportunity" (with William Forbath, University of Texas School of Law)


Colloquium questions: Máire Kimble at or (212) 998-6179