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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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Jennifer Bennett Shinall presents at the Association of American Law Schools Meeting

Jan. 3, 2017—Professor Jennifer Shinall presented “Empirical Methods for Lawyers,” at the Association of American Law Schools Annual Meeting, in San Francisco.

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Jennifer Bennett Shinall presents at Georgetown University Law School

Dec. 2, 2016—Professor Jennifer Shinall presented “Opting Out and Division of Marital Assets,” at the Georgetown University Law and Economics Workshop, in Washington, DC.

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Ph.D. candidate in Law and Economics Jean Xiao to present at the SEA Annual Meetings

Nov. 11, 2016—Ph.D. candidate in Law and Economics, Jean Xiao, was selected to present her paper “The Effect of Consumer Litigation Funding on Medical Malpractice Litigation” at the Southern Economic Association Annual Meetings as part of the Graduate Students Award Sessions. The 2016 SEA Annual Meetings will be held in Washington, D.C. on November 19-21.  

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Law and Economics student Danielle Drago Drory to present at the SEA Annual Meetings

Oct. 7, 2016—Law and Economics student, Danielle Drago Drory, was selected to present her paper “Court of Appeals Disposition of Immigration Cases: An Analysis of Disparities in Adjudication” at the Southern Economic Association Annual Meetings. The 2016 SEA Annual Meetings will be held in Washington, D.C. on November 19-21.

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Ph.D. candidate in Law and Economics Jean Xiao to present at APPAM and CELS

Sep. 13, 2016—Law and Economics student and J.D./Ph.D. candidate, Jean Xiao, was selected to present her paper “The Effect of Consumer Litigation Funding on Medical Malpractice Litigation” at the Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management Fall Research Conference and at the Conference on Empirical Legal Studies. The APPAM Fall Research Conference will be held in Washington,...

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Joni Hersch presents at Vanderbilt University

Sep. 6, 2016—Professor Joni Hersch presented “Profiling Immigrants: Skin Color and Safety Discrimination in the Workplace,” at Vanderbilt University, in Nashville, TN.

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Law and Economics graduate Benjamin McMichael is a Postdoctoral Scholar at Vanderbilt

Aug. 15, 2016—Law and Economics graduate, Benjamin McMichael, is a Postdoctoral Research Scholar at Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management. McMichael graduated with his J.D. and Ph.D. in law and economics from Vanderbilt University in 2015. During 2015-2016, he served a judicial clerkship with Judge Carolyn Dineen King in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth...

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Law and Economics graduate Caroline Cecot to join law faculty at George Mason

Apr. 1, 2016—Law and Economics graduate, Caroline Cecot (JD/PhD’14), has accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Law at George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School starting in 2017-2018. Cecot is currently the 2016-2017 Legal Fellow at the Institute for Policy Integrity at New York University School of Law and Affiliated Faculty at George Mason University Antonin...

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Law and Economics student Jean Y. Xiao has been admitted to candidacy for the Ph.D.

Apr. 1, 2016—Law & Economics student, Jean Y. Xiao, has been admitted to candidacy for the Ph.D. Her dissertation is titled, “An Empirical Examination of Consumer Litigation Funding.” Ms. Xiao’s committee chair is Professor Paige Marta Skiba. Professors Andrew Daughety, Rosa Ferrer, Brian Fitzpatrick and Jennifer Reinganum comprise the rest of Xiao’s dissertation committee. Summary of the...

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Ph.D. candidate in Law and Economics Elissa Philip Gentry successfully defends her dissertation

Mar. 30, 2016—J.D./Ph.D. candidate in Law and Economics, Elissa Philip Gentry, successfully defended her dissertation, “Safety and Effectiveness: The FDA’s Approach to Risk in Prescription Medication.” After six years of study, Gentry will graduate with both her J.D. and her Ph.D. in Law and Economics at Commencement in May. Gentry’s advisor is University Distinguished Professor W. Kip...

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Ph.D. candidate in Law and Economics Henri Rautonen successfully defends his dissertation

Mar. 23, 2016—J.D./Ph.D. candidate in Law and Economics, Henri Rautonen, successfully defended his dissertation, “Mandatory Labeling: Changes in Consumer and Producer Behavior.” After six years of study, Rautonen will graduate with both his J.D. and his Ph.D. in Law and Economics at Commencement in May. Rautonen’s advisor is Professor of Law Paige Marta Skiba. Professors Kelly Haws,...

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Paige Marta Skiba serves as discussant for the National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.

Mar. 4, 2016—Professor Paige Marta Skiba served as a discussant at the Law and Economics Program Meeting for the National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc., in Cambridge, MA.

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Law and Economics student Elissa Philip Gentry published in JRU and JHE

Feb. 25, 2016—Law and Economics student, Elissa Philip Gentry, recently published two articles on the value of statistical life. “The Value of a Statistical Life for Transportation Regulations: A Test of the Benefits Transfer Methodology” was published in the August 2015 issue of the Journal of Risk and Uncertainty. Her March 2016 article, “The Fatality and Morbidity...

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Law and Economics student Hannah J. Frank will be Senior En Banc Editor for Vanderbilt Law Review

Feb. 11, 2016—Law and Economics student, Hannah J. Frank, will be Senior En Banc Editor for Vanderbilt Law Review in 2016-2017. Frank earned her B.A. in economics with a minor in mathematics from Lewis and Clark College in 2013. She earned Vanderbilt Scholastic Excellence Awards for Legal Writing II and Actual Innocence and won a Lightfoot, Franklin, &...

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