Interdisiplinary Program to Focus on Law and Market Behavior

Author: Charles Williams

Nell Jessup Newton, dean of the Notre Dame Law School, has announced the development of a new interdisciplinary program, The Notre Dame Research Program on Law and Market Behavior (ND LAMB). The Law School and the Office of the Vice President for Research are jointly funding the program with a three-year grant.

Under the direction of Professor Avishalom Tor, ND LAMB will promote research across the various fields that study how the law and legal institutions shape and are shaped by the market behaviors of individuals and firms.

The research agenda examines issues across a number of legal fields—from corporate governance, antitrust and intellectual property, through property and contract, to market regulation more generally—and draws extensively on relevant extralegal research in psychology, economics, business, and beyond.

By building on the existing strengths of both the University and NDLS and focusing on original legal scholarship that emphasizes observational and experimental empirical methods, ND LAMB’s work will seek to influence the way scholars and policymakers think about a range of legal and policy issues at the intersection of law and market behavior.

Tor is internationally recognized as a behavioral law-and-economics scholar, working in the increasingly important area of law and market behavior. He was co-director of the Forum on Law and Markets at the University of Haifa Faculty of Law before joining NDLS in 2011. He is a board member of the European Association of Law and Economics, and his interdisciplinary work has been published in legal, decision-making, psychological and economic journals, and has received extensive coverage from international media.

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