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"A Plea for More--and Better--Psychology in Law" - Claire Hill, James L. Krusemark Chair in Law Appointment Lecture

When: 12:15 PM - 1:30 PM
Where: Room 25
More Info: Abstract of Professor Claire Hill's lecture:

Law’s main aim is to influence behavior. To do so, it needs a theory of human nature—of why people do what they do. Surprisingly, the theory used by law is quite underdeveloped. What expressly exists is mostly in specific areas, such as criminal responsibility and capacity to contract and enter into wills. Because much of law’s focus is on using common-sense mechanisms, such as the possibility of prison or fines, to prevent people from doing what law considers undesirable, the underdevelopment of theory can go largely unnoticed. Nobody is surprised that the prospect of prison deters, and that the prospect of more time in prison deters more. But what about law’s other attempts to influence behavior—for instance, to get people to get a good education, to make better financial decisions and save more money for retirement, to have a healthy lifestyle, and to be better citizens overall? A better understanding of human nature would help law craft better policies advancing these and other societal goals. Behavioral law and economics is increasingly making strides, but much more needs to be done.
Department: Facilities & Events
Date: Monday, October 31, 2011


Cheryl Casey