Eric Posner on the First Amendment

Submitted by Daniel Pi on Fri, 12/18/2015 - 03:18

In a recent article for, Eric Posner argues for First Amendment restrictions, due to the threat of ISIS propagandizing. Posner writes:

Consider a law that makes it a crime to access websites that glorify, express support for, or provide encouragement for ISIS or support recruitment by ISIS; to distribute links to those websites or videos, images, or text taken from those websites; or to encourage people to access such websites by supplying them with links or instructions. 

Williamson Prize

Submitted by Daniel Pi on Wed, 12/16/2015 - 01:58

The Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization (JLEO) has awarded the 2015 Williamson Prize to Jordi Blanes i Vidal and Clare Leaver for their paper "Bias in Open Peer-Review: Evidence from the English Superior Courts."

The Oliver E. Williamson Prize for Best Article annual prize awards $1,500 to the author of the most original and innovative paper accepted for publication in JLEO during the year preceding the award. 

Most Cited L&E Papers

Submitted by Daniel Pi on Sun, 11/29/2015 - 13:52

imageThis list ranks the most cited papers in Law and Economics. It was compiled using statitics from Google Scholar, which is admittedly a very crude metric (e.g., Google Scholar seems to count citations from unpublished preprints). Nevertheless, absent a significant investment in time and resources, it would be difficult to obtain more precise numbers.

Google Accused of Buying L&E Profs

Submitted by Daniel Pi on Sun, 11/29/2015 - 11:32

ImageDavid Dayen of reports that Google Inc., the company that forced you to create a Google+ account no matter how much you didn't want it, has been attempting to gain influence in the government and courts in a roundabout way: by pouring buckets of money into the coffers of academia. Specifically, the Law and Economics Center at George Mason University.

L&E Journal Rankings

Submitted by Daniel Pi on Sat, 11/28/2015 - 13:54

ImageThe ranking list below uses data gathered by Washington and Lee University School of Law, which covers the period 2007-2014. We have chosen to list only journals known to publish research in Law and Economics regularly (though not necessarily exclusively). To avoid distorting the picture, we have not included law reviews and pure economics journals, both of which occasionally publish Law and Economics research. 

Conspiracy Theories: In Defense of the Crazies

Submitted by Daniel Pi on Thu, 11/26/2015 - 09:35

Protective Tin Foil HatsIn a much talked about and frequently cited paper, Cass Sunstein and Adrian Vermeule explore the topic of conspiracy theories as a social problem, speculating on possible remedies to their emergence and proliferation (Note: Sunstein has also recently published a book touching on the topic—however I shall restrict my remarks to the 2008 paper only). I should be the last person to defend the activities of conspiracy theorists, insofar as I regard their practices to be epistemically unsound, profoundly unscientific, and unbearably annoying. Moreover, I am inclined to regard such individuals with extraordinary personal contempt, for as any sane person who has had the misfortune of engaging one of these specimens in conversation will already know, they possess a singularly potent combination of aggressive obnoxiousness and howling ignorance.