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Institute for Law and Economics

The Institute for Law & Economics was established in 2006 as one of the several centers that specialize in interdisciplinary methods at the University of Minnesota. The Law & Economics Institute contributes to this mission of the University by promoting interdisciplinary research at the interface of economics and the law. Economics provides a tool for studying how legal rules affect human behavior, offering a unique methodology to understand and address contemporary legal and social problems. The Institute seeks to promote interdisciplinary collaborations within the University, as well as with other centers and scholars, nationally and internationally. The Institute for Law & Economics will conduct seminars, organize conferences, sponsor activities in conjunction with other interdisciplinary centers, and host distinguished visitors. Through these efforts the Institute hopes to offer a privileged opportunity for students and faculty alike to add an important dimension to traditional legal education.

The Institute for Law and Economics is also affiliated with the Institute for Law and Rationality.

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Brett McDonnell
Professor of Law

Francesco Parisi
Professor of Law

Associate Director

Claire Hill
Professor of Law

Advisory Board

Douglas Baird
University of Chicago Law School

Lucien Bebchuck
Harvard Law School

Omri Ben-Shahar
University of Michigan Law School

Guido Calabresi
Yale Law School, U.S. Circuit Judge

Robert Cooter
University of California - Berkeley School of Law

Gerrit DeGeest
Washington University Law School

Peter Huang
Temple Law School

Lewis Kornhauser
New York Unversity School of Law

Felix Meschke
Kansas University School of Business

Aldo Rustichini
University of Minnesota

Chris Sanchirico
University of Pennsylvania

Vernon Smith
George Mason Law School

Kathryn Spier
Harvard Law School

Eric Talley
University of California - Berkeley School of Law

Thomas Ulen
University of Illinois College of Law


Bria Goldman
University of Minnesota Law School