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Law and Economics Workshop


Christine Jolls, Organizer


Royal Sonesta Hotel
University BC Room
40 Edwin H. Land Boulevard

Cambridge, Massachusetts


July 23-24, 2014







8:30 am

Coffee and Pastries

9:00 am

Bard Harstad, University of Oslo


(Joint with Steven Callander, Stanford Graduate School of Business)


Experimentation in Federal Systems




Discussant:  Glen Weyl, University of Chicago



9:55 am




Special Session on Discrimination



10:10 am

Andrei Shleifer, Harvard University and NBER 


(Joint with Pedro Bordalo, University of London, and Nicola Gennaioli, Universitá Bocconi)






Discussant:  Kareen Rozen, Yale University



11:05 am

Prasad Krishnamurthy, UC-Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law  


(Joint with Aaron Edlin, UC-Berkeley and NBER)


Affirmative Action and Stereotypes in Higher Education Admissions




Discussant:  Jonah Gelbach, University of Pennsylvania Law School



12:00 pm




1:00 pm 

Alex Lee, University of Southern California Law School


(Joint with Daniel Klerman, University of Southern California Law School)


The Priest-Klein Hypotheses: Proofs, Generality, and Extensions




Discussant: Richard Holden, University of New South Wales



1:55 pm




Special Session on Corporate Governance



2:05 pm 

Kelly Shue, University of Chicago Booth School of Business and NBER


(Joint with Richard Townsend, Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College)


Growth Through Rigidity: An Explanation for the Rise in CEO Pay




Discussant:  Adair Morse, UC- Berkeley Haas School of Business and NBER



3:00 pm 




3:10 pm

Todd Gormley, Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania, and


David Matsa, Kellogg School of Management Northwestern University, and NBER


Playing it Safe? Managerial Preferences, Risk, and Agency Conflicts




Discussant:  Jonathan Cohn, McCombs School of Business, University of Texas



4:05 pm   

Konstantinos Zachariadis, London School of Economics


(Joint with Dragana Cvijanovic, UNC-Chapel Hill Kenan-Flagler Business School, and Amil Dasgupta, London School of Economics)


Ties that Bind: How Business Connections Affect Mutual Fund Activism




Discussant:  Jonathan Zinman, Dartmouth College and NBER



5:00 pm




6:00 pm

Group Dinner at Hotel Marlowe, Muse B
(across the street from the Royal Sonesta)






8:00 am

Coffee and Pastries

8:30 am

Bentley MacLeod, Columbia University and NBER 


(Joint with Elliott Ash, Columbia University)


Incentives in Public Service: Theory and Evidence from State Supreme Courts




Discussant:  Levon Barseghyan, Cornell University



9:25 am

Claire Lim, Cornell University


(Joint with Bernardo Silveira, Washington University, and James M. Snyder, Harvard University and NBER)


Preference Heterogeneity of the Judiciary and the Composition of Political Jurisdictions




Discussant:  Nathaniel Hilger, Brown University



10:20 am




Special Session on Reciprocity



10:40 am

Yann Algan, Sciences Po


(Joint with Yochai Benkler, Harvard Law School, Mayo Fuster Morell, Autonomous University of Barcelona, and Jerome Hergueux, University of Strasbourg and Sciences Po)


Cooperation in a Peer Production Economy: Experimental Evidence from Wikipedia




Discussant:  Leonardo Bursztyn, Anderson School, UC-Los Angeles and NBER



11:35 am

Florian Ederer, Yale School of Management


(Joint with Alexander Stremitzer, UC-Los Angeles School of Law)


Promises and Expectations




Discussant:  Kathryn Zeiler, Georgetown University Law Center



12:30 pm




1:15 pm

Michael Frakes, Cornell Law School and NBER


(Joint with Anupam Jena, Harvard Medical School and NBER)


Does Medical Malpractice Law Improve Health Care Quality?




Discussant:  Kitt Carpenter, Vanderbilt University and NBER



2:10 pm




2:25 pm

Mitchell Hoffman, University of Toronto 


(Joint with Elizabeth Lyons, University of Toronto)


Do Higher Salaries Lead to Higher Performance? Evidence from State Politicians




Discussant:  Naci Mocan, Louisiana State University and NBER



3:20 pm

Pablo Spiller, UC-Berkeley Haas School of Business and NBER


(Joint with Marian Moszoro, Kozminski University, and Sebastian Stolorz, George Mason University)


Rigidity of Public Contracts




Discussant:  Scott Masten, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan



4:15 pm