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Monday, April 9, 2012

Faculty Lists for "Empirical Legal Studies"

UPDATE:  The faculty lists should include those who do empirical work (in an economic, political science, sociological, or psychological vein), not simply those who are co-authors with those with the relevant disciplinary skills for empirical work.

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Various readers had asked that I run one of the on-line surveys about faculty quality in the "empirical legal studies" area broadly construed.  To that end, here's a draft of faculty lists for schools that might well rank in "the top ten" in this area.  I'm sure the lists are woefully incomplete, so please post additional names of faculty who works in this area in the comments.  And if there's a school that might rank in the top ten in this area, post that information in the comments as well.  Please post corrections int he comments below, do NOT e-mail me.  I need to have the corrections in one place.  If there's a very sensitive matter, you can e-mail me.  Thanks.

Faculty with an * have a primary appointment in another unit, as well as in the Law School. 

Columbia University: Jeffrey Fagan, M. Scott Hemphill, Bert Huang, Robert J. Jackson, Jr., Ronald J. Mann, Nathaniel Persily

Cornell University: Theodore Eisenberg, Michael Frakes, Valerie Hans, Michael Heise, Jeffrey Rachlinski, Stewart Schwab, *Martin Wells

Duke University: Daniel L. Chen, G. Mitu Gulati, Donald L. Horowitz, Jack Knight, Kimberly Krawiec, Neil Vidmar

Harvard University: Lucian Bebchuk, John Coates, Jacob Gersen, D. James Greiner, J. Mark Ramseyer, Mark Roe, Holger Spamann, Guhan Subramanian, Elizabeth Warren,

New York University: Jennifer Arlen, Ryan Bubb, Stephen Choi, Samuel Estreicher, James B. Jacobs, Florencia Marotta-Wurgler, Geoffrey Miller, Catherine M. Sharkey

Northwestern University: Bernard S. Black, Thomas J. Brennan, Peter di Cola, Shari Seidman Diamond, Zev Eigen, Ezra Friedman, Tonja Jacobi, Jonathan J. Koehler, James Lindgren, Kate Litvak, Janice Nadler, *Robert Nelson, Max Schanzenbach, Emerson Tiller

Stanford University: Michelle Landis Dauber, John J. Donohue III, David Freeman Engstrom, Deborah Hensler, Daniel Ho, Alison Morantz, Joan Petersilia

University of California, Berkeley: Prasad Krishnamurthy, Katarina Linos, Robert Macoun, Justin McCrary, and Anne Joseph O’Connell, Kevin Quinn, Daniel Rubinfeld, Jonathan Simon, Eric Talley, Franklin Zimring

University of Chicago: Lisa Bernstein, Tom Ginsburg, Bernard Harcourt, William Hubbard, Anup Malani, Edward R. Morrison, Thomas J. Miles, Eric Posner

University of Illinois: Kenworthey Bilz, Nuno Garoupa, David Hyman, Robert Lawless, Jennifer Robbennolt

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor: Alica Davis Evans, Samuel R. Gross, Vik Khanna, John Pottow, J.J. Prescott, Adam C. Pritchard

University of Pennsylvania: David S. Abrams, Jonathan Klick, Theodore Ruger, Tess Wilkinson-Ryan

University of Southern California: Lee Epstein, Daniel Klerman, Thomas Lyon, Mathew McCubbins, Dan Simon.

University of Texas, Austin: Ronen Avraham, Frank Cross, Jens Damann, Julius Getman, Stefanie Lindquist, Angela Litwin, H.W. Perry, *Mary Rose, Charles Silver, Jay Westbrook

University of Virginia: Michal Barzuza, Quinn Curtis, Joshua Fischman, Michael Gilbert, Richard Hyndes, Paul Mahoney, Gregory Mitchell, John Monahan, *Bobbie Spellman, Mila Versteeg

Vanderbilt University: Tracey George, Chris Guthrie, Joni Hersch, Owen Jones, Robert Mikos, W. Kip Viscusi

Yale University: Ian Ayres, Richard Brooks, Robert Ellickson, Christine Jolls, Dan Kahan, Yair Listokin, Tracey Meares, Tom Tyler

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Jill Horwitz is co-director, with Jim Hines, of Michigan's Program in Law and Economics, http://www.law.umich.edu/centersandprograms/lawandeconomics/Pages/default.aspx
Sorry I neglected to mention this previously.

Posted by: Margaret Jane Radin | Apr 12, 2012 5:18:57 PM

For Minnesota relevant faculty include Myron Orfield, Bert Kritzer, Barry Feld, Susan Wolf, and Francis Shen. Other possibles to this list include Greg Shaffer, Kristin Hickman, Steve Meili, and Chris Robert.

Posted by: Fionnuala Ni Aolain | Apr 12, 2012 9:01:28 PM

"But it just goes to show that either ELS is a flaky 'field' or ELS is so prestigious that everyone wnats to be counted in it!"

The latter, Brian, as I thought your concern about 'padding' had indicated.

BL COMMENT: It might be 'flaky,' but some insiders think it is prestigious!

Posted by: Anita Bernstein | Apr 13, 2012 10:02:34 AM

For the record, I swear by my Stata license that the following ladder faculty at UCLA have collected and/or analyzed data for publication: Gary Blasi, Scott Cummings, Sharon Dolovich, Ingrid Eagly, Carole Goldberg, Jerry Kang, Kenneth Klee, Lynn LoPucki, Timothy Malloy, Richard Sander, Joanna Schwartz, Kirk Stark, and Alexander Stremitzer. I might be missing one or two.

Posted by: Joe Doherty | Apr 17, 2012 5:35:29 PM

Some other missing Berkeley Law people. Aaron Edlin surely has to be included. Two examples include:
http://works.bepress.com/aaron_edlin/21/
http://works.bepress.com/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1031&context=aaron_edlin
He also has a paper estimating the probability of casting the tie-breaking vote in an election, but I can't find the link.

I would also think that Stavros Gadinis
http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/cf_dev/AbsByAuth.cfm?per_id=591462
should be included.

Posted by: Justin McCrary | Apr 22, 2012 3:41:06 PM

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