Topics in Behavioral Law and Economics (21649). 2, 3, or 4 units. This course will explore a range of issues at the intersection of law and human behavior, including people’s commitment to fairness; the endowment effect and the role of default rules; subjective well-being; heuristics and biases; and the role of the administrative state in a “behavioral economics world.” Some discussion will be devoted to the uses and limits of paternalism and to the ability of the legal system to accommodate and respond to what we know about human behavior. The course materials will consist of articles from the legal and social science literatures. The written work required of all students will be four three-page analytic essays, due over the course of the term, on the course concepts and materials; students who wish to write a longer paper, including one in satisfaction of the Substantial Paper requirement, in addition to the standard four short essays should register for 3 units, while students who wish to write a paper that may be used in satisfaction of the Supervised Analytic Writing requirement should register for 4 units. Paper required. Enrollment limited. C. Jolls.
Note: For this course only: As you know, variable unit courses default to the lowest unit value on your schedule. Usually, the units are adjusted at the end of the term when you have completed your work. Professor Jolls would like to encourage students to write papers, even if not for Supervised Analytic Writing or Substantial Paper credit, and she has authorized me to ask you to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to take the course for 3 or 4 units (you do not have to do anything if you plan to take the course for two units, which is the default). Please send that information no later than February 2. Once we have the information, we will adjust your schedule.