Colloquium on Law, Economics, and Politics

Professors John Ferejohn and Lewis Kornhauser
Fall 2023
LW.10582.001 2 Credits 
VH 208
Tuesday, 4:25 - 6:25 p.m.

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 2023 Schedule of Presenters

September 5
Brittany Farr, NYU, School of Law  
"The Other Walker-Thomas: Reading Race in Contracts (PDF: 508 KB)

September 19
Albert Yoon, University of Toronto Law School
"Student Learning and Incentives:  A Study of the MPRE (PDF: 2.97 MB)"  

October 3
Kevin Tobia, Georgetown, S
chool of Law
Major Questions, Common Sense (PDF: 983 KB)" 

October 17
Cecilia Parlatore
, NYU , Stern School of Business
"Multi-Dimensional Information with Specialized Lenders (PDF: 3.1 MB)

October 31 
John Ferejohn, NYU, School of Law
"Law and Ground Water" (PDF: 685 KB)

November 14
Brian Feinstein, University of Pennsylvania,  Wharton
“Legitimizing Agencies" (PDF: 1.1 MB)

November 28
Abbe Gluck, Yale Law School
"Against Bankruptcy: Public Litigation Values versus the Endless Quest for Global Peace in Mass Litigation" (PDF: 397 KB)

Colloquium questions? Email Máire Kimble at or 212.998.6179