Becker Friedman Institute
for Research in Economics
The University of Chicago

Research. Insights. Impact. Advancing the Legacy of Chicago Economics.

John J. Donohue III

C. Wendell and Edith M. Carlsmith Professor of Law
Stanford Law School
Visiting Scholar
10/11/09 10/22/09

John J. Donohue III is an economist and lawyer who has used large-scale statistical studies to estimate the impact of law and public policy in a wide range of areas from civil rights and employment discrimination law to school funding and crime control. His research has included assessments of the uses and abuses of empirical evidence in the death penalty debate, the hypothesis that more guns equals less crime, and the impact of legalized abortion on crime.

Before joining Stanford Law School, Donohue was a chaired professor at Yale Law School and the Northwestern University Law School. He is the empirical editor of the American Law and Economics Review. Donohue recently published Employment Discrimination: Law and Theory. An alumnus of Hamilton College, he received a JD from Harvard University and a PhD in economics from Yale.