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Institute for Law and Rationality

Law needs a model of human behavior. The law and economics model has proven quite useful for many reasons, including its parsimony. However, many scholars have concluded that the parsimony comes at an unacceptable cost: too much realism is sacrificed. The challenge is to construct a model that is, in Albert Einstein's notable phrase, "as simple as possible but no simpler." Behavioral law and economics and behavioral economics are attempting to rise to the challenge.

The Institute for Law and Rationality seeks to contribute to this effort, promoting interdisciplinary collaborations among legal scholars and scholars in such fields as psychology, political science, philosophy, sociology, anthropology, economics (and neuroeconomics) to inquire into how the law does and should understand human behavior. The Institute's aim is to help develop a model of human behavior that lawmakers can use to ground public policy. The Institute will conduct seminars and conferences and host distinguished visitors.

The Institute for Law and Rationality is also affiliated with the Institute for Law and Economics.

 
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Director

Claire A. Hill
University of Minnesota Law School

Advisory Board

Avner Ben-Ner
Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota

Richard Brooks
Yale Law School

Mary Anne Case
The Law School, University of Chicago

Don Langevoort
School of Law, Georgetown University

George Loewenstein
Department of Social and Decision Sciences, Carnegie Mellon University

Geoffrey Miller
The New York University School of Law

Frederick Schauer
University of Virginia Law School

Barbara Anne Spellman
Department of Psychology, University of Virginia

Kathleen Vohs
Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota

Assistant

Bria Goldman
University of Minnesota Law School
goldm075@umn.edu