With a generous gift from the John M. Olin Foundation, Stanford Law School initiated the John M. Olin Program in Law and Economics in 1987. The program supports faculty and student research, issues working papers, holds seminars and lunch discussions, and awards student fellowships in law and economics to Stanford students at the law school or in graduate programs at Stanford University.
The John M. Olin Program plays an active role in the Law School—and more generally in the university—in promoting interest in the law and economics movement. Since the beginning of the Olin Program, more than two hundred distinguished scholars from throughout the United States have come to Stanford to give presentations to the Law and Economics Seminar. Five hundred working papers have been distributed through the Program Working paper series.
List of Speakers/Papers From Last Year:
- Steven Shavell (Harvard Law School) “On the Law of the Household: The Principles Used by Parents in Disciplining Their Children”
- Scott Hirst (Boston University School of Law), “How Much Do Investors Care About Social Responsibility?”
- Morgan C. Williams, Jr. (Department of Economics, Barnard College, Columbia University), “Gun Violence in Black and White: Evidence from Policy Reform in Missouri”
- Joni Hersch (Vanderbilt University Law School), “Affirmative Action and the Leadership Pipeline”
- Mark A. Cohen (Owen Graduate School of Management, Vanderbilt University), “Pain, Suffering and Jury Awards: A Study of the Cost of Wrongful Convictions”
- Manisha Padi (School of Law, University of California, Berkeley), “Contractual Inequality”
- Saul Levmore (University of Chicago Law School), “The Case for a Single Appellate Judge”
- Talia Gillis (Columbia Law School), “Incomplete Contracts and Future Data Usage”