The John M. Olin Center

The John M. Olin Center for Law, Economics, and Business

Law and Economics Seminar

This seminar will provide students with an opportunity to learn about ongoing research involving the economic analysis of law. At most of the meetings invited speakers present works in progress. Examples can be found on the Course Website (navigate to the "Assignments" tab on the left to download seminar articles). Enrollment in either or both semesters is permitted.

Fall 2018 Seminar Schedule  

Meetings will be held on Tuesdays (5-6:30 PM, Hauser Hall 102).

September 4 -- Mark J. Roe (HLS), Stock Market Short-Termism’s Impact

September 11 -- Brian Fitzpatrick (Vanderbilt Law School), The Discovery Tax

September 18 -- David Rosenberg* (HLS), Anne Brown, Jaehyun Oh & Benjamin Taylor, A Plan for Reforming Federal Pleading, Discovery, and Pretrial Merits Review

September 25 -- Richard Revesz (NYU School of Law), Regulation and Distribution

October 2 -- Omri Ben-Shahar (University of Chicago Law School), Data Pollution

October 9 -- No class–HLS holiday

October 16 -- Mark Ramseyer (HLS), On the Invention of Identity Politics: The Buraku Outcastes in Japan

October 23 -- Lucian Bebchuk (HLS) and Scott Hirst (BU School of Law), Index Funds and the Future of Corporate Governance: Theory, Evidence, and Policy

October 30 -- Daniel Hemel and Lisa Ouellette* (Stanford Law School), Innovation Policy Pluralism

November 6 -- Robert Ellickson (Yale Law School), The Zoning Strait-Jacket: Evidence from the Silicon Valley, Greater New Haven, and Greater Austin

November 13 -- Alan Sykes (Stanford Law School), The Economic Structure of International Investment Agreements with Implications for Treaty Interpretation and Design

November 20 -- Jesse Fried (HLS), Alibaba and the Rise of Law-Proof Insiders

November 27 -- Steven Shavell (HLS), On Optimal Liability in a World of Autonomous Vehicles


Two evening students-only sessions will be held from 6-9 PM on Thursday, October 4, and Thursday, November 2 (both in Hauser Hall 102).

Previous Seminars:

Spring 2018

Fall 2017

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Fall 2013

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Full Year 2003