The past events of the institute entail distinguished visits and presentations, an annual spring seminar series, and other events like hosting the Midwestern Law & Economics Association annual meeting. Details of these events can be found below.
2014-15 Past Events
November 6, 2015 - "Workshop on Culture and Ethics in Banking" - The Institute for Law and Rationality, in partnership with The Carol and Lawrence Zicklin Center for Business Ethics Research, part of The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, hosted a conference to address the culture of banking – a factor that many regulators and academics have concluded contributed to the misbehavior of banks that caused serious damage to both the American and global economies. The conference brought together scholars and professionals from a variety of fields to discuss what can and should be done to change the culture of banking, and how such steps could ultimately improve banking regulation.
2012-13 Past Events
October 3, 2012 - "Executive Superstars, Peer Groups and Over-Compensation - Cause, Effect and Solution" - Charles M. Elson and Craig K. Ferrere of the John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance, University of Delaware, came to discuss their paper "Executive Superstars, Peer Groups and Over-Compensation - Cause, Effect and Solution," in which they argue that the present manner in which compensation is set is flawed. They propose an alternative—compensation committees should develop internally created standards of pay, relying less on benchmarking.
2011-12 Past Events
April 20, 2012 - Sheldon Garon, Nissan Professor in Japanese Studies and Professor of History and East Asian Studies at Princeton University, gave a lecture on his book Beyond Our Means: Why America Spends While the World Saves.
2010-11 Past Events
April 13, 2011 - Steven Davidoff, the "Deal Professor" columnist for the New York Times and professor at the University of Connecticut School of Law, gave a lecture and Q&A entitled "Be Careful What You Wish For: Poison Pills, Shareholder Activists and the State of Takeover Law."
Oct. 1 - Nov. 15, 2010 - Prof. Barbara Luppi, Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (Italy). She holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Bologna, cum laude, receiving the Rotary Prize for the highest GPA in her graduating year. She received a MSc in Economics with Distinction (top 1%) and a Ph.D. in Economics from the London School of Economics. She also received a Ph.D. in Political Economics from the University of Bologna. Before joining the University of Modena, she held a visiting appointment at Tel-Aviv University. She specializes in the economic analysis of law, with applications to contract theory, torts and banking regulation. Her recent articles have been published in the Journal of Legal Studies, Journal of Institutional Economics, Public Choice, and Review of Law and Economics.
2009-10 Past Events
Distinguished Visitor to the Institute, March 1-3, 2010
Distinguished Visitor to the Institute, April 20, 2010
Weekly Seminar Series, Spring 2010: Critical Perspectives on Law and Economics
Distinguished Visitor to the Institute, October 28, 2009
Dr. Robert E. Litan. Dr. Litan presented "The Future of Capitalism after the Crisis." The Great Recession that began in 2007 has rocked faith in US-style capitalism, both here and abroad. What indictments of the US system are fair, and what are myths? And what measures must policy makers take to assure sustained economic growth after the extraordinary fiscal and monetary stimulus measures taken in 2008 and 2009 wane or are withdrawn? Dr. Robert Litan, Vice President of Research and Policy at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, and Senior Fellow, Economic Studies, Brookings Institution, drew on his book, Good Capitalism, Bad Capitalism, co-authored with Will Baumol and Carl Schramm to discuss these questions, and to outline an agenda for strengthening the particular form of capitalism - entrepreneurial capitalism - for which the United States is best known. He holds a J.D. from Yale Law School, an M.Phil. and a Ph.D. in economics from Yale University, and a B.S. in economics from the Wharton School of Finance, University of Pennsylvania.
2008-09 Past Events
Distinguished Visitor to the Institute, March 26-27, 2009
Distinguished Visitor to the Institute, February 23-24, 2009
Distinguished Visitor to the Institute, February 10, 2009
Weekly Seminar Series, Spring 2009: International Corporate Governance, Development and Finance
Distinguished Visitor to the Institute, Fall 2008
Distinguished Visitor to the Institute, Fall 2008
2007-08 Past Events
Distinguished Visitor to the Institute, April 29-30, 2008
Distinguished Visitor to the Institute, Spring 2008
Weekly Seminar Series, Spring 2008: Corporate Governance
Distinguished Visitor to the Institute, April 25-28, 2007
Conference, October 27, 2006