Spring 2013 Seminar
Emerging Paradigms of Rationality
Sponsored by the Institute for Law & Economics and
the Institute for Law & Rationality
This seminar will focus on challenges to the "rational actor" model of human nature. Economics acknowledges that the model is not "true"—but is it true enough? How do we deal with its descriptive shortcomings? Is rationality as conceived in the model normatively desirable? How do we balance the aims of realism and tractability? This seminar will consider answers to these questions; the ultimate focus will be on how policymakers might best understand human nature.
Monday, February 25 – Francis Shen, Associate Professor of Law, University of Minnesota Law School
"Law and Neuroscience"
Monday, March 4 – Susan Sered, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Suffolk University
"'My Problem Is That I Make Bad Choices': Criminalized Women and Etiologies of Suffering on the Institutional Circuit"
Monday, March 11 – Avner Ben-Ner, Professor, Center for Human Resources and Labor Studies, Carlson School of Management – University of Minnesota
"Diversity and Performance in Teams: Evidence from 10 Seasons of German Soccer"
Monday, April 22 – Leo Katz, Frank Carano Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School
"Towards a New Paradigm in Rationality"