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Law and Economics graduate Benjamin McMichael’s paper accepted for inclusion at ALEA annual meeting

May. 12, 2015—Law and Economics graduate Benjamin McMichael’s paper, “Beyond Physicians: The Effect of Licensing and Liability Laws on Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants,” has been accepted for inclusion at the 2015 American Law and Economics Association Annual Meeting. The conference will be held at Columbia University on May 15-16.

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Professor Joni Hersch is a Research Fellow with IZA

May. 7, 2015—Professor Joni Hersch was recently invited to become a Research Fellow with IZA – Institute for the Study of Labor. View her IZA profile here. IZA is a private independent economic research institute focused on the analysis of global labor markets. It operates an international network of about 1,300 economists and researchers spanning across more than 45...

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Law and Economics student Elissa Philip Gentry has been admitted to candidacy for the Ph.D.

May. 4, 2015—Law & Economics student, Elissa Philip Gentry, has been admitted to candidacy for the Ph.D. Her dissertation is titled “Safety and Effectiveness: The FDA’s Approach to Risk in Prescription Medication.” Ms. Philip Gentry’s committee chair is Professor W. Kip Viscusi. Professors James Blumstein, Daniel Gervais, and Dr. Melinda Buntin comprise the rest of Ms. Philip...

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Caroline Cecot ’14

Apr. 29, 2015—J.D./Ph.D. in Law & Economics

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Law and Economics student Jacob Byl accepts a judicial clerkship

Apr. 28, 2015—Jacob Byl, a six-year student and Ph.D. candidate in the Ph.D. Program in Law and Economics at Vanderbilt, has accepted a judicial clerkship with Judge Jane Stranch in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, to be Fall 2016. Byl earned a B.A. in economics and international studies from Northwestern University in 2005....

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Law and Economics student Jean Y. Xiao wins Vanderbilt Law Review Morgan Prize

Apr. 22, 2015—Law and Economics student, Jean Y. Xiao, was awarded the 2014-2015 Morgan Prize for her Vanderbilt Law Review Note, “Heuristics, Biases, and Consumer Litigation Funding at the Bargaining Table.” The Morgan Prize is a cash award, in honor of Professor Edmund M. Morgan, given to the student contributing the most outstanding piece of student writing...

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Law and Economics student Henri Rautonen has been admitted to candidacy for the Ph.D.

Apr. 20, 2015—His dissertation is titled “Mandatory Labeling: Changes in Consumer and Producer Behavior.”

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Ph.D. candidate in Law and Economics Samuel Miller successfully defends his dissertation

Apr. 6, 2015—Ph.D. candidate in Law and Economics, Samuel Miller, successfully defended his dissertation, “Economic and Empirical Analysis of Contractual Dispute Resolution,” on March 20. After five years of study, Miller will graduate with his Ph.D. in Law and Economics at Commencement in May. Miller’s advisor is Professor of Law Paige Marta Skiba. Professors Andrew Daughety, Erin...

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Ph.D. candidate in Law and Economics Blair Druhan Bullock successfully defends her dissertation

Mar. 31, 2015—J.D./Ph.D. candidate, Blair Druhan Bullock, successfully defended her dissertation, “Judicial and Agency Enforcement of Nondiscrimination Laws,” on March 13. After six years of study, Bullock will graduate with both her J.D. and her Ph.D. in Law and Economics at Commencement in May. Bullock’s advisor is Professor of Law and Economics Joni Hersch. Professors Michael Selmi (George Washington...

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Ph.D. candidate in Law and Economics Benjamin McMichael successfully defends his dissertation

Mar. 17, 2015—J.D./Ph.D. candidate, Benjamin McMichael, successfully defended his dissertation, “Occupational Licensing and Legal Liability: The Effect of Regulation and Litigation on Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, and the Healthcare System,” on March 11. After six years of study, McMichael will graduate with both his J.D. and his Ph.D. in Law and Economics at Commencement in May. McMichael’s...

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Ph.D. candidate in Law and Economics Jacob Byl successfully defends his dissertation

Mar. 13, 2015—J.D./Ph.D. candidate, Jacob Byl, successfully defended his dissertation, “Toward More Effective Endangered Species Regulation,” on March 10. After six years of study, Byl will graduate with both his J.D. and his Ph.D. in Law and Economics at Commencement in May. Byl’s advisor is David Daniels Allen Distinguished Professor of Law J.B. Ruhl. Professors Kathy Anderson, Cindy...

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Law and Economics student Scott DeAngelis will be Executive Article Selection Editor for the VJOTL

Feb. 3, 2015—Law and Economics student Scott DeAngelis will be Executive Article Selection Editor for the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law for the academic year 2015-2016. DeAngelis earned his B.A. in Business Administration and Economics with a minor in Mathematics at Coe College in 2012. Mr. DeAngelis is a Vanderbilt Law & Economics Scholar. In 2014 he...

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Law and Economics student Danielle M. Drago will be Editor in Chief for JETLaw

Feb. 3, 2015—Law and Economics student Danielle M. Drago will be Editor in Chief for the Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment & Technology Law for the academic year 2015-2016. Drago earned her B.S. in Finance and Economics and her M.S. in Finance from the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa in 2012. She is a Vanderbilt Law & Economics Scholar. She was an appellate...

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Law and Economics student Elissa Philip accepts a judicial clerkship

Jan. 23, 2015—Elissa Philip, a fifth-year student in the Ph.D. Program in Law and Economics at Vanderbilt has accepted a judicial clerkship with Judge Jane R. Roth, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, to begin Fall 2016. Philip, a Vanderbilt Law & Economics Scholar, earned a B.S. in economics and human/organizational development from Vanderbilt University...

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Research by economist Joni Hersch shows prestige of undergraduate school affects earnings even among those with elite graduate degrees

Nov. 13, 2014—Prestige of undergraduate university affects earnings even when graduates of less elite undergraduate institutions attend prestigious graduate schools.

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Professor Jennifer Shinall’s research covered by NBCNews.com, Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, and others

Oct. 23, 2014—A new study, authored by Jennifer Shinall, assistant professor of law at Vanderbilt Law School, reports that overweight and obese women are more likely to work in the most labor intensive, lowest paying jobs. Professor Shinall’s research has been covered by NBCNews.com, The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, The Washington Post, Forbes, The Guardian,...

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Law and Economics graduate Jennifer Bennett Shinall joins Law Faculty

Aug. 11, 2014—Jennifer Bennett Shinall, the first graduate of the Ph.D. Program in Law and Economics, joins the faculty at Vanderbilt Law School as Assistant Professor of Law. Professor Shinall clerked for Judge John Tinder of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit after receiving her J.D. and Ph.D. in law and economics in 2012...

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Law and Economics graduate Caroline Cecot is a Postdoctoral Research Scholar

Aug. 1, 2014—Caroline Cecot, the third graduate of the Ph.D. Program in Law and Economics, is a Postdoctoral Research Scholar in Law and Economics at Vanderbilt Law School. She will teach Risk and Environmental Regulation II in Spring 2015.

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Professor Joni Hersch’s research is featured in the New York Times

Aug. 1, 2014—For decades college counselors have advised students with high academic ambitions that a prestigious graduate degree cancels out a less-than-prestigious undergraduate one, but new research by Joni Hersch, professor of law and economics, suggests that unfortunately this may not turn out to be true. Professor Joni Hersch’s working paper “Catching Up is Hard to Do:...

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Law and Economics graduate Jinghui Lim to be a Postdoctoral Researcher at UCLA

May. 5, 2014—Lim’s current research focuses on the impact on air quality of monitoring and enforcement of The Clean Air Act.

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Law and Economics student Samuel M. Miller admitted to candidacy for the Ph.D.

Apr. 30, 2014— His dissertation is titled “Economic and Empirical Analysis of Contractual Dispute Resolution.”

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Law and Economics student Blair Druhan wins Burton Award for Distinguished Legal Writing

Apr. 24, 2014—Druhan is a student in Vanderbilt's J.D./Ph.D. in Law & Economics program and will graduate in 2015.

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Law and Economics student Jacob Byl accepts a judicial clerkship

Apr. 24, 2014—Jacob P. Byl, a fifth-year student in the Ph.D. Program in Law and Economics at Vanderbilt, has accepted a judicial clerkship with Judge Robert J. Jonker in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan, to begin Fall 2015. Byl earned a B.A. in economics and international studies from Northwestern University in 2005....

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Postdoctoral Research Scholar Jennifer Shinall’s paper accepted for presentation

Apr. 8, 2014—Postdoctoral Research Scholar in Law and Economics Jennifer Bennett Shinall’s paper Hire a Woman, Hire a Lawsuit? The Impact of Gender on Discrimination Charge Filing has been accepted for presentation at the CSWEP-sponsored Gender Sessions at the Allied Social Science Associations/American Economic Association Meeting in Boston, MA, to be held January 3-5, 2015.

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Ph.D. candidate in Law and Economics Caroline Cecot successfully defends her dissertation

Apr. 4, 2014—J.D./Ph.D. candidate Caroline Cecot successfully defended her dissertation, “Shale Development: Risks, Responses, and Regulation” on March 24. After six years of study, Cecot will graduate with both her J.D. and her Ph.D. in Law and Economics at Commencement in May.

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