Colloquium on Law, Economics and Politics

  Professors John Ferejohn and Lewis Kornhauser

                                            Spring 2021

                                               2 Credits

                                     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.

                             Spring 2021 Schedule of Presenters


January 19

Barry Friedman (New York University School of Law)
"What is Public Safety


February 2

Zhao Li (Princeton University, Political Science) "Lemons in the Political Marketplace: A Big Data Approach to Detect Scam PAC's"  


February 23

John Ferejohn (NYU School of Law), Tom Ginsburg (University of Chicago) and Richard Holden (University of New South Wales, Economics) 
"Arbitration in Anarchy"


March 9

Brandice Canes-Wrone (Princeton, Political Science)
"Out-of -District Contributors and Representation in the US House"


March 23

Zachary Liscow  (Yale Law School) and Edward Fox (University of Michigan Law School)

"The Psychology of Taxing Capital Income:  Evidence from a Survey Experiment on the Realization Rule


April 6

Deborah Beim (Michigan, Political Science) and Kelly Rader (Yale, Political Science)
"Ideology, Certiorari, and the Development of Doctrine in the US Courts of Appeals (PDF: 249KB)"   


April 20

Georgy Egorov (Northwestern University) and Konstantin Sonin (University of Chicago) 
"The Political Economics of Non-democracy"


ZOOM Link: April 20 Presentation: 

Colloquium questions: Máire Kimble at 
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