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.

Spring 2017 Seminar Schedule   

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

January 24 -- Oren Bar-Gill* (HLS) and Nicola Persico (Kellogg School of Management), The Taking of Things: Property Rules vs. Liability Rules Reconsidered

January 31 -- Fernán Restrepo (Stanford Law School) and Guhan Subramanian* (HLS and HBS), The Effect of Prohibiting Deal Protection in M&A: Evidence from the United Kingdom

February 7 -- John Kwoka (Northeastern University, Department of Economics), The Structural Presumption and the Safe Harbor in Merger Review

February 14 -- Emiliano Catan (NYU School of Law), The Insignificance of Clear-Day Poison Pills

February 21 -- David Weisbach (University of Chicago Law School), A Guide to the GOP Tax Plan -- The Way to a Better Way

February 28 -- Mark J. Roe* (HLS) and Michael Tröge (ESCP-Europe), Containing Systemic Risk by Taxing Banks Properly

March 7 -- Douglas Braunstein (Hudson Executive Capital), The Bear Stearns Acquisition: The Canary in the Coal Mine

March 14 -- No class -- Spring Break

March 21 -- Lucian Bebchuk (HLS)* and Assaf Hamdani (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), Independent Directors and Controlling Shareholders

March 28 -- Crystal Yang (HLS), Designing an Optimal Bail System

April 4 -- Jesse Fried (HLS)* and Brian Broughman (Maurer School of Law), Venture Capital and the Infrequent Return of Founder Control via IPO

April 11 -- Michael Meurer (Boston University School of Law), Allocating Patent Litigation Risk across the Supply Chain

April 18 -- Allen Ferrell (HLS), The Household Securities Litigation Case and Securities Damages


Two evening students-only sessions will be held from 6-9 PM on Thursday, February 16, and Thursday, April 6 (both in WCC 2004).

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Full Year 2003