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SI 2016 Law & Economics

Christine Jolls, Organizer

July 27-28, 2016

Royal Sonesta Hotel
University BC
5 Cambridge Parkway
Cambridge, Massachusetts


Wednesday, July 27:

8:30 am

Coffee and Pastries

9:00 am

Steven Shavell, Harvard Law School and NBER
(joint with A. Mitchell Polinsky, Stanford Law School and NBER)
The Theory of Insurance When Suits Can Be Brought for Losses Suffered

Discussant:  Saul Levmore, University of Chicago Law School

9:55 am

Heidi L. Williams, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and NBER
(joint with Bhaven N. Sampat, Columbia University and NBER)
How Do Patents Affect Follow-On Innovation? Evidence from the Human Genome

Discussant:  Daniel Hemel, University of Chicago Law School

10:50 am


11:05 am

Marit Rehavi, University of British Columbia
(joint with Brendan Nyhan, Dartmouth College)
Tipping the Scales? Testing for Political Influence on Public Corruption Prosecutions

Discussant:  Nicola Persico, Kellogg School, Northwestern University, and NBER

12:00 n


Special session on discrimination (1:00 pm2:50 pm):

1:00 pm

David Neumark, University of California-Irvine and NBER
(joint with Ian Burn, University of California-Irvine, and Patrick Button, Tulane University)
Is It Harder for Older Workers to Find Jobs? New and Improved Evidence from a Field Experiment

Discussant:  Bentley MacLeod, Columbia University and NBER

1:55 pm

Mirco Tonin, Free University of Bozen
(joint with Corrado Giulietti, University of Southampton, and Michael Vlassopoulos, University of Southampton)
Racial Discrimination in Local Public Services: A Field Experiment in the US

Discussant:  Ian Ayres, Yale Law School and NBER

2:50 pm


3:05 pm

Crystal Yang, Harvard Law School
Local Labor Markets and Criminal Recidivism

Discussant:  Betsey Stevenson, Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan, and NBER

4:00 pm


4:30 pm

Feldstein Lecture (adjourns at 5:30 pm)

6:00 pm

Group Dinner─Bambara Restaurant

Thursday, July 28:

8:00 am

Coffee and Pastries

Special session on consumer finance (8:30 am11:30 am):

8:30 am

Victor Stango, University of California-Davis
(joint with Jonathan Zinman, Dartmouth College and NBER, and Joanne Yoong, National University of Singapore)
From Proliferation to Parsimony in Behavioral Economics: New Elicitation Methods, Summary Statistics, and Links to Real-World Outcomes

Discussant:  Gautam Rao, Harvard University and NBER

9:25 am

Ryan Bubb, New York University Law School
(joint with Patrick L. Warren, Clemson University)
A Positive Theory of Retirement Plan Design

Discussant:  Joshua Schwartzstein, Harvard Business School

10:20 am


10:35 am

Arpit Gupta, Stern School, New York University
(joint with Edward Morrison, Columbia Law School, Catherine R. Fedorenko, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and Scott D. Ramsey, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center)
Cancer Diagnoses and Household Debt Overhang

Discussant: Jialan Wang,
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Joint session with Economics of Crime group (11:30 am─12:30 pm):

11:30 am

Robert Dur, Erasmus University
Ben Vollaard, Tilburg University
Salience of Law Enforcement: A Field Experiment

12:30 pm




1:15 pm

Claudia Landeo, University of Alberta
(joint with Maxim Nikitin, International College of Economics and Finance)
Financially-Constrained Lawyers: An Economic Theory of Legal Disputes

Discussant:  Andrew Daughety, Vanderbilt University

2:10 pm


2:25 pm

Albert Choi, University of Virginia Law School
(joint with Kathryn Spier, Harvard Law School and NBER)
Taking a Financial Position in Your Opponent in Litigation

Discussant:  Alan Schwartz, Yale Law School

3:20 pm

Yael Hochberg, Rice University and NBER
(joint with
Aleksander Andonov, Erasmus University, and Joshua Rauh, Stanford Graduate School of Business and NBER)
Pension Fund Board Composition and Investment Performance: Evidence from Private Equity


Discussant:  Itzhak Ben-David, Fisher College of Business, Ohio State University, and NBER

4:15 pm