Benjamin J. McMichael is a graduate of the Ph.D. Program in Law and Economics at Vanderbilt University. He earned both his J.D. and his Ph.D. in law and economics in 2015. He earned a B.S. in mathematical economics from Wake Forest University in 2009. McMichael was a Vanderbilt Law & Economics Scholar. He served on the staff of the Vanderbilt Law Review in 2011-2012 and was the articles editor of VLR in 2012-2013. He served on the Vanderbilt Moot Court Board in 2012-2013. McMichael is a member of the Vanderbilt Law School Chapter of Order of the Coif. His fields of interest are industrial organization and labor markets and human resources. McMichael served a judicial clerkship with Judge Carolyn Dineen King in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He is currently a Postdoctoral Scholar at the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University.
"Occupational Licensing and Legal Liability: The Effect of Regulation and Litigation
on Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, and the Healthcare System"
Advisor: Professor R. Lawrence Van Horn
"Shifting the Fat-Tailed Distribution of Blockbuster Punitive Damages Awards," with W. Kip Viscusi, Journal of Empirical Legal Studies 11(2), June 2014, 350-377.
Note, "Constitutional Limitations on Punitive Damages: Ambiguous Effects and Inconsistent Justifications," Vanderbilt Law Review 66(3), April 2013, 961-1013.
"Beyond Physicians: The Effect of Licensing and Liability Laws on Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants" American Law and Economics Association Annual Meeting, May 15-16, 2015, New York, NY