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Ph.D. Program in Law & Economics

Joint-degree students pursue a Ph.D. in law and economics and a J.D. concurrently in a fully integrated law and economics curriculum. The program is based in the Law School. Students are fully funded by a competitive package of fellowship support covering tuition and stipend for both degrees.

Our principal fields include law and economics, risk and environmental regulation, labor markets and human resources, and behavioral law and economics.


Recent Research Highlights

Professor W. Kip Viscusi, President of the Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis, recently presented the Keynote Address, "Pricing Lives for Government and Corporate Risk Decisions," at SBCA's annual meeting in Washington, D.C. Watch the full address here.

Professors Andrew Daughety and Jennifer Reinganum's paper, "Settlement and Trial: Selected Analyses of the Bargaining Environment," will be published in The Oxford Handbook of Law and Economics. The handbook is edited by Francesco Parisi. 

Professor Joni Hersch was recently invited to become a Research Fellow with IZA – Institute for the Study of Labor. View her IZA profile here.

Professors Daughety and Reinganum's paper "Selecting Among Acquitted Defendants: Procedural Choice vs. Selective Compensation" is forthcoming in the Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics.

In April 2015, Professor Hersch participated in the Global Perspectives on Colorism Conference at Washington University School of Law in St. Louis. Watch Professor Hersch's presentation "Continuing Color Discrimination Against Legal Immigrants."

Professor Hersch and Professor Jennifer Bennett Shinall recently published their article "Fifty Years Later: The Legacy of the Civil Rights Act of 1964" in the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management.

In October 2015, Professor Shinall was featured in  Research News @ VU as a new faculty member at Vanderbilt Law School. The article also highlights her research on obesity and workplace discrimination.

Professor Paige Marta Skiba recently wrote about U.S. tax rebates and payday loan borrowers for The London School of Economics American Politics and Policy blog. The blog post was based on Skiba's research from her article "Tax Rebates and the Cycle of Payday Borrowing" that was published in the American Law and Economics Review.

Law and Economics graduate Caroline Cecot is a Postdoctoral Research Scholar in 2014-2015. She will spend her postdoctoral year working to publish her dissertation "Shale Development: Risks, Responses, and Regulation," exploring new research ideas, and teaching Risk and Environmental Regulation II to Ph.D. students.

Law and Economics Faculty
Research Interests


W. Kip Viscusi
Risk and environmental regulation, behavioral economics, law and economics

Joni Hersch
Labor economics, discrimination,
law and economics

Other Faculty

Kathryn Anderson
Labor, health, economic development

Caroline Cecot
Risk and environmental regulation,
labor markets and human resources

Andrew Daughety
Industrial organization, law and economics, microeconomics

Jennifer Reinganum
Industrial organization, law and economics

Jennifer Bennett Shinall
Labor economics and employment law, legal and economic history

Paige Marta Skiba
Behavioral economics,
law and economics

Director of Graduate Studies

Erin O'Hara O'Connor
Law and human behavior, contracts, conflict of laws

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