The Colloquium on Law, Economics, and Politics

Professors John Ferejohn and Lewis Kornhauser

Fall 2014
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 2014 Schedule of Presenters

September 9

Neil Malhotra (Stanford University, Graduate School of Business and Department of Political Science)
"Publication Bias in the Social Sciences: Unlocking the File Drawer"
Supplement  (Please read as well)

September 23

Richard Revesz (New York University School of Law)
"About-Face: Pragmatic Positions in Perennial Environmental Disputes"

October 7

Adam Bonica (Stanford University, Department of Political Science)
"The Politics of Selecting the Bench from the Bar:  The Legal Profession and Partisan Incentives to Politicize the Judiciary" (with Maya Sen, Harvard Kennedy School)

October 21

Andrew F. Daughety and Jennifer F. Reinganum (Vanderbilt University, Department of Economics and Law School)
"Informal Sanctions on Prosecutors and Defendants and the Disposition of Criminal Cases"

November 4

Adam Samaha (New York University School of Law)
"Don't Ask, Must Tell - And Other Combinations" (with Lior Strahilevitz, University of Chicago, School of Law)

November 18

Adam Cox (New York University School of Law)
"The Real World of Immigration Federalism" (with Thomas J. Miles, University of Chicago, School of Law)

December 2

Hélenè Landemore (Yale University, Department of Political Science)

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