Colloquium on Law, Economics, and Politics

Professors John Ferejohn and Lewis Kornhauser
Fall 2023
LW.10582.001 2 Credits 
VH 208
Tuesday, 4:25 - 6:25 p.m.

The course will investigate a wide variety of topics ranging from the foundations of rational choice theory (an inquiry important to the evaluation of the use of the theory in understanding law) to applications to questions of immediate interest. Economists and political scientists have used the theory to investigate a number of topics of central interest to the law such as (a) how the organization of Congress affects the nature and content of legislation enacted; (b) the relation between courts and Congress; (c) Congressional and judicial control of administrative agencies; (d) federalism; and (e) the structure of adjudication.

Fall 2023 Schedule of Presenters

September 5
Brittany Farr, NYU, School of Law  
"The Other Walker-Thomas: Reading Race in Contracts

September 19
Albert Yoon, University of Toronto Law School
"Student Learning and Incentives:  A Study of the MPRE"  

October 3
Kevin Tobia, Georgetown, S
chool of Law
Major Questions, Common Sense" 

October 17
Cecilia Parlatore
, NYU , Stern School of Business
"The Adjudicative State" 

October 31 
John Ferejohn, NYU, School of Law
"Law and Ground Water" 

November 14
Brian Feinstein, University of Pennsylvania,  Wharton
“Courts Think Presidental Control Makes Agencies More Accountable to the People. Do the People Agree?"

November 28
Abbe Gluck, Yale Law School
To Be Announced

Colloquium questions? Email Máire Kimble at or 212.998.6179