The New York University School of Law’s Journal of Law and Liberty will host a symposium exploring how new scholarship in behavioral law and economics impacts the set of legal choices available to us. Classical liberalism posits that we are best off when we are allowed the maximum possible range of choices. Studies in behavioral economics have identified predictable flaws in human reasoning-such as our tendency to attach too much significance to recent events and to underestimate the probability of injury-which in turn have given legal paternalists new justifications for restricting our set of choices for our own good. The symposium, “Behavioral Law & Economics’ Challenge to the Classical Liberal Program,” will take place on Friday, Oct. 13 from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm.

This event is free and open to the public. A picture ID is required. CLE credit is available.

  • WHAT: A day-long symposium featuring three panels; participants include Susan Block-Lieb (Fordham University), Joshua Wright (George Mason University), Uzi Segal (Boston College, and J.D. Trout (Loyola University Chicago).
  • WHEN: Fri., Oct. 13th from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    • 9:30 Rehabilitating Rational Choice: The Real-World Robustness of Flaws in Perfect Rationality
    • 11:00 Libertarian Paternalism and Consumer Contracts
    • 2:00 Debiasing Strategies and Trial Procedures
  • WHERE: NYU’s Vanderbilt Hall, 40 Washington Square South, between MacDougal and Sullivan Streets, one block east of the West Fourth Subway Station. [Subway Lines: A, B, C, D, E, F, V (West 4th Street); N, R, W (8th Street); 6 (Astor Place)]

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