New York University School of Law offers numerous colloquia and faculty workshops where cutting edge research in law and economics is presented and discussed.
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.
Faculty from NYU and other institutions will present current research in the economic analysis of law. Students in the colloquium will evaluate and critique this research as guided by the professors in the course. A student in the colloquium should have an interest in economics but need not possess advanced math skills.
This course, taught jointly by faculty of the School of Law and the Wagner School, will allow students to explore the theoretical and empirical underpinnings of current debates in urban policy. We will discuss works in progress with nationally prominent scholars in law, economics, urban planning, and public administration. We anticipate that topics for discussion will include whether and how to contain suburban sprawl, means of funding necessary infrastructure and service improvements in an age of financial austerity, city-suburb relationships, the consequences of state and federal educational and immigration policies for urban areas, and the implications of taxation for urban economic growth. In alternate weeks, students will learn the background necessary to discuss the work in progress with its author. Students will submit short papers critiquing the work in progress. In colloquium weeks, students will attend the colloquium and discuss the paper.
The Law and Society Colloquium presents scholarship that takes a social science perspective on law. It is an activity of the Law and Society Program, a Ph.D. program in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences that is affiliated with the Law School. Colloquium speakers are usually legal academics, sociologists, anthropologists, political scientists, or other social scientists who focus on law as a social phenomenon.
The Colloquium on Innovation Policy focuses each year on topics dealing with promoting innovation. Topics for discussion have included the law and economics of creative production, incentive structures, innovation in developing economies, and international issues in innovation policy. In 2006, we will look at the intersection between competition (antitrust) law and intellectual property law, including issues on access to research materials and generic drugs, technological and contractual access restrictions, as well as private institutional arrangements, such as standard setting organizations and patent pools. The Colloquium has two components. One is a scholarly papers component, with outside speakers who are invited in to discuss papers on the Colloquium topic. The other is a seminar component, where among other things, we read background materials relevant to each speaker's presentation. The Colloquium also provides each student with the opportunity to write and present an independent research paper.
The Colloquium offers students the opportunity to pursue tax policy and theory, along with related issues of public economics, at an advanced level. The primary focus of the colloquium will be papers and works in progress by scholars from around the country, including NYU faculty. Students attend the afternoon colloquium and participate in its discussions. In addition, each week the morning seminar component examines the paper scheduled for presentation at the colloquium, including background issues that may help in understanding it. (The first two weeks, however, are devoted instead to providing a background in key tax policy concepts.) Students must prepare a short paper most weeks focusing on the upcoming paper, and make a short in-class presentation on one of the papers.
Law and Economics Faculty Workshop
New York University School of Law hosts a Faculty Workshop where NYU faculty from across the University present their research papers to each other. Participating departments include the Law School, Politics Department, Stern School of Business, Economics Department, and Wagner School of Public Policy.
Center hosts its Law and Finance Seminars, which assemble a prestigious group of scholars to the Stern School of Business who discuss their recent academic works relating to the fields of law and business. These seminars are open to business school and law school students and faculty.
Applied Microeconomics Workshop
(at the Department of Economics)
The Applied Microeconomics Workshop, run by the Department of Economics and the C.V. Starr Center for Applied Economics, hosts leading scholars who present their cutting-edge research in applied microeconomics.
The NeuroEconomics Seminar, run by the Departments of Economics and Neural Science, hosts leading scholars who present their cutting-edge research in neuroeconomics.
(at the Center for Experimental Social Science)
The Experimental Economics Lunchtime Seminar, run by the Center for Experimental Social Science, hosts leading scholars who present their cutting-edge research in experimental economics.