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Law and Economics student Nicholas M. Marquiss will be senior articles editor for Vanderbilt Law Review

Feb. 12, 2018—Law and Economics student, Nicholas M. Marquiss, will be senior articles editor for Vanderbilt Law Review in 2018-2019. Marquiss earned his B.A. in economics at Whitman College in 2013. He earned a Vanderbilt Scholastic Excellence Award for Contracts. He is currently serving as staff member of the Vanderbilt Law Review in 2017-2018. His fields of...

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Law and Economics student Erin E. Meyers will be Editor in Chief for JETLaw

Feb. 12, 2018—Law and Economics student, Erin E. Meyers, will be Editor in Chief for the Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment & Technology Law in 2018-2019. Meyers earned her B.BA. in risk management and insurance and her Actuarial Science Certificate from the University of Georgia at Athens in 2013. She is currently serving as a staff member of...

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Ph.D. candidate in Law and Economics Scott DeAngelis to defend his dissertation

Feb. 9, 2018—Ph.D. candidate in Law and Economics Scott DeAngelis is scheduled to defend his dissertation on Monday, February 26, 2018 at the Law School, Ray Room, from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm. Open to the public. Summary of Dissertation “Concussions in Athletics: Risk-Taking Behavior, Compensation, and Legal Remedies” This dissertation seeks to shed further light on...

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Ph.D. candidate in Law and Economics Danielle Drago Drory to defend her dissertation

Feb. 9, 2018—Ph.D. candidate in Law and Economics Danielle Drago Drory is scheduled to defend her dissertation on Thursday, February 22, 2018 at the Law School, Covington Room, from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Open to the public. Summary of Dissertation “Immigration Federalism Renewed: The Effects of State and Local Policies on the Labor Market Outcomes of...

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Law and Economics graduate Benjamin J. McMichael (JD/PhD’15) to join law faculty at the University of Alabama School of Law

Dec. 11, 2017—Benjamin McMichael will join the law faculty at the University of Alabama School of Law as an assistant professor of law beginning fall 2018. His research focuses on the ways in which legal regimes influence the provision of health care in the United States. He has also examined the roles of state and federal reforms...

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W. Kip Viscusi is cited in The Council of Economic Advisers report on “The Underestimated Cost of the Opioid Crisis”

Nov. 21, 2017—One of Viscusi’s articles cited in the report was coauthored with fifth-year Vanderbilt J.D./Ph.D. student, Clayton J. Masterman.

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Caroline Cecot (JD/PhD’14) to join law faculty at George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School

Sep. 15, 2017—Caroline Cecot has joined the law faculty at George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School as assistant professor of law beginning fall 2018. Her areas of expertise are environmental law, administrative law, and law and economics. Cecot completed the 2016-2017 Legal Fellowship at the Institute for Policy Integrity at New York University School of Law...

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Law and Economics student Clayton J. Masterman accepts judicial clerkship

Aug. 15, 2017—Clayton J. Masterman, a fifth-year student in the Ph.D. Program in Law and Economics at Vanderbilt, has accepted a judicial clerkship with Judge Gregg Jeffrey Costa, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, to begin fall 2019. Masterman earned his B.A. in economics and mathematics from Vassar College in 2013. He is a...

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Law and Economics graduate Jean Xiao’s article accepted for publication in peer-review journal.

Aug. 7, 2017—Law and Economics graduate, Jean Xiao, has had a revised version of Chapter 1 of her dissertation “An Empirical Examination Of Consumer Litigation Funding” accepted for publication in the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies. The article is titled “Consumer Litigation Funding and Medical Malpractice Litigation: Examining the Effect of Rancman v. Interim Settlement Funding Corporation,” and...

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Law and Economics graduate Jacob P. Byl is a Postdoctoral Research Scholar

Aug. 1, 2017—Jacob P. Byl, a graduate of the Ph.D. Program in Law and Economics, is a Postdoctoral Research Scholar in Law and Economics at Vanderbilt Law School. He will teach Risk and Environmental Regulation II in Spring 2018.

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W. Kip Viscusi delivers the keynote speech at the Conference of the Economic Society of Australia

Jul. 20, 2017—University Distinguished Professor W. Kip Viscusi delivered the keynote address, “Pricing Lives,” at the 46th Annual Conference of the Economic Society of Australia, in Sydney.

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Law and Economics student Clayton Masterman receives two Graduate Student Awards

Jul. 20, 2017—Clayton J. Masterman, a fifth-year student in the Ph.D. Program in Law and Economics at Vanderbilt, has received the American Antitrust Institute’s Best Antitrust and Buyer Power Article of 2016 Award for his published Note, “The Customer is Not Always Right: Balancing Worker and Customer Welfare in Antitrust Law,” Vanderbilt Law Review, 69(5), October 2016, 1387-1422....

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Joni Hersch presents at the Society of Economics of the Household (SEHO)

Jun. 25, 2017—Professor Hersch presented “Opting Out and the Division of Marital Assets,” at the first annual meetings of the Society of Economics of the Household, in San Diego.

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Law and Economics student Erin E. Meyers joins the Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment and Technology Law

Jun. 23, 2017—Erin E. Meyers, a third-year student in the Ph.D. Program in Law and Economics at Vanderbilt, has joined the staff of the Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment and Technology Law for 2017-2018.

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Law and Economics student Nicholas M. Marquiss joins the Vanderbilt Law Review

Jun. 23, 2017—Nicholas M. Marquiss, a third-year student in the Ph.D. Program in Law and Economics at Vanderbilt, has joined the staff of the Vanderbilt Law Review for 2017-2018.

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Law and Economics student Hannah Frank accepts judicial clerkship

May. 30, 2017—Hannah Frank, a fifth-year student in the Ph.D. Program in Law and Economics at Vanderbilt, has accepted a judicial clerkship with Judge Stephen A. Higginson, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, to begin fall 2019. Frank, a Law and Economics Scholar, earned her B.A. in economics with a minor in mathematics from Lewis...

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Professor Paige Marta Skiba serves as panelist for Behavioral Economics 30-year Celebration

May. 20, 2017—Top economists from around the world—including several Berkeley-Haas thought leaders—gathered to celebrate the 30-year anniversary of behavioral economics at the University of California, Berkeley. The one-day event was held at the Haas School where Skiba was a panelist on Becoming Behavioral Economists at Berkeley. The panel included professors who spent their developmental years on campus.

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Ph.D. Candidate Jean Y. Xiao receives the Richard S. Nagareda Award

May. 11, 2017—Jean Y. Xiao has received the Richard S. Nagareda Award from the Cecil D. Branstetter Litigation and Dispute Resolution Program, which recognizes extraordinary achievement in the study of litigation and dispute resolution.

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Law and Economics student Clayton J. Masterman receives the Myron Penn Laughlin Note Award

May. 11, 2017—Clayton J. Masterman has won the Myron Penn Laughlin Note Award for contributing the best student Note published in the Vanderbilt Law Review.

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Jean Y. Xiao is the tenth graduate of the Ph.D. Program in Law and Economics

May. 10, 2017—Jean Y. Xiao received her J.D./Ph.D. in Law and Economics and is pictured with her dissertation committee chair, Paige Marta Skiba.

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Law and Economics student Hannah J. Frank appointed a Torry Johnson Summer Fellow

Apr. 24, 2017—Hannah J. Frank has accepted the Torry Johnson Summer Fellowship and will be working at the Colorado State Public Defender’s office, in Fort Collins, CO for summer 2017.

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Law and Economics student Danielle Drago-Drory has been admitted to candidacy for the Ph.D.

Apr. 4, 2017—Law & Economics student, Danielle Drago-Drory, has been admitted to candidacy for the Ph.D. Her dissertation is titled, “The Legal and Labor Market Impacts of Local Immigration Policies.” Ms. Drory’s committee chair is Professor Joni Hersch. Professors Nancy King, Efrén Pérez, and Ariell Zimran comprise the rest of Drory’s dissertation committee. Summary Immigration policy is...

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Law and Economics student Scott DeAngelis has been admitted to candidacy for the Ph.D.

Mar. 30, 2017—Law & Economics student, Scott DeAngelis, has been admitted to candidacy for the Ph.D. His dissertation is titled, “Tackling the Concussion Problem: Legal Intervention to Prevent and Compensate Concussion-Related Injuries.” DeAngelis’ dissertation committee consists of Professors W. Kip Viscusi, Chair, Paige M. Skiba, Kevin M. Stack, and Gabriel A. Torres Colón. Summary The topic of...

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W. Kip Viscusi presents at the Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis Conference

Mar. 16, 2017—University Distinguished Professor W. Kip Viscusi presented “Best Estimate Selection Bias of Estimates of the Value of a Statistical Life,” at the Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis Annual Conference, in Washington, DC.

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Ph.D. candidate in Law and Economics Jean Y. Xiao successfully defends her dissertation

Mar. 13, 2017—J.D./Ph.D. candidate in Law and Economics, Jean Y. Xiao, successfully defended her dissertation, “An Empirical Examination Of Consumer Litigation Funding.” After six years of study, Xiao will graduate with both her J.D. and her Ph.D. in Law and Economics at Commencement in May. Xiao’s advisor is Professor of Law Paige M. Skiba. Professors Andrew Daughety,...

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