Law & Economics Center

EconFest for Judges!

Event Date: Sunday, October 30 to Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Location: Mason Inn Conference Center and Hotel, Fairfax, Virginia

Registration is now closed for this event.

This event with feature numerous creative applications of economics to legal and public policy issues as well as to everyday life. The takeaway for judges is a better appreciation of the role of economics in organizing our society.If you enjoy popular books such as "Freakonomics", this program is for you. Halloween keynote address on the economics of pirates!

Following is the draft event agenda:

Sunday, October 30

5:00 – 6:00 Registration
6:00 Reception
7:00 Dinner: Keynote Address: Advice for Truth-Seekers

  • Russell D. Roberts, Professor of Economics, George Mason University

Monday, October 31

7:00 – 7:50 Breakfast
8:00 Welcome

8:10 - 8:30 Introduction to Economic Thinking

8:30 – 9:30 Experimental Economics

  • Kevin McCabe, Professor of Economics and Law, George Mason University

9:45 – 10:35 Police, Prisons, and Punishment:  The Empirical Evidence on Crime Deterrence

  • Alex T. Tabarrok, Associate Professor of Economics, George Mason University, Bartley J. Madden Chair in Economics at the Mercatus Center

10:35 – 11:30 Political Economy at Any Speed: Economic Determinants of Traffic Tickets

  • Thomas Stratmann, University Professor of Economics and Law, George Mason University

11:30 – 1:15 Lunch and Luncheon Address: "Discrimination: The Law vs. Morality"

  • Walter E. Williams, John M. Olin Distinguished Professor of Economics, George Mason University

1:30 – 2:20 Overdiscovery and Discovery Abuse: A Simple Economic Solution to a Complex Problem

  • Bruce Kobayashi, Professor of Law, George Mason School of Law

2:20 – 3:10 The Not-So-Good Good Old Days of Consumer Finance

3:30 – 4:20 Some Economics of Income "Inequality"

  • Donald J. Boudreaux, Professor of Economics, George Mason University

4:40 – 5:30 Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids

  • Bryan D. Caplan, Professor of Economics, George Mason University

5:30 – 6:30  Reception and Book Signing
6:30 Dinner and Keynote Address:

The Invisible Hook: The Hidden Economics of Pirates

  • Peter T. Leeson, BB&T Professor for the Study of Capitalism, George Mason University; Senior Scholar, Mercatus Center

Tuesday, November 1

7:15 – 8:10  Breakfast
8:00 – 8:50 Property Rights Among American Indians

  • D. Bruce Johnsen, Professor of Law, George Mason School of Law

8:50 – 9:40 The Public Purposes of Economics

  • Peter J. Boettke, Professor of Economics, George Mason University

10:00 – 10:50 Mis-Behavioral Law & Economics

10:50 – 11:40 Prof. Coase's "Big Joke" – The Curious History of FCC Auctions

  • Thomas Hazlett, Professor of Economics and Law, George Mason University

12:00 – 1:30 Lunch and Luncheon Address:

"The Great Stagnation: How America Ate its Low-Hanging Fruit, Got Sick, and Will (Eventually) Feel Better"

  • Tyler Cowen, General Director, Mercatus Center, Holbert C. Harris Chair of Economics, George Mason University

1:30 – 2:30 Grand Finale! What We've Learned About You

  • Henry N. Butler and Kevin McCabe

 

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