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A just and functioning judicial system is fundamental to a prosperous market economy. With the increasing availability of data on judicial systems worldwide, the field of “law and political economy” is quickly revitalizing. This workshop gathers active scholars and showcases cutting-edge works in this dynamically evolving field.

Agenda

Tuesday, May 14, 2024
8:30 pm - 9:00 am
Registration and Breakfast
6th Floor Lounge
9:00 am - 10:00 am
Keynote Session

Jens Ludwig, University of Chicago

10:00 am - 10:15 am
Break
10:15 am - 11:15 am
Data Science for Justice: Evidence from a Nationwide Randomized Experiment in Kenya

Matthieu Chemin, McGill University

11:15 am - 11:30 am
Break
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Network Effects in Democratic Reform: Evidence from Lawyers' Movement in Pakistan

Sultan Mehmood, New Economic School, University of Chicago

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Lunch

Room 602

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Roundtable Discussion - Island of Institutional Integrity: Independence of the Judiciary

Tom Ginsburg, University of Chicago (Panelist)

Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah, Supreme Court of Pakistan (Panelist)

Justice Babar Sattar, Islamabad High Court (Panelist)

Sultan Mehmood, New Economic School (Moderator)

3:00 pm - 3:15 pm
Break
3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
Statistical Discrimination in Sequential Systems: Prosecutors’ Response to Police

Hannah Shaffer, Harvard University

4:15 pm - 4:30 pm
Break
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Corruption and Impunity

Henrik Sigstad, BI Norwegian Business School

5:30 pm
Conference Adjourns
6:15 pm
Conference Dinner
Wednesday, May 15, 2024
8:30 am - 9:30 am
Registration and Breakfast
6th Floor Lounge
9:00 am - 10:00 am
Keynote Session

Luigi Zingales, University of Chicago

10:00 am - 10:15 am
Break
10:15 am - 11:15 am
The Law and Economics of Lawyers: Evidence from the Revolving Door in China’s Judicial System

Shaoda Wang, University of Chicago

11:15 am - 11:30 am
Break
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Can AI Help Courts be Fair and Just? Unlocking the Positive Effects of Justice on Economic Development

Daniel Chen, Toulouse School of Economics  

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Lunch
Room 602
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Money and Access to Justice: Evidence from the Universe of Labor Court Cases in Brazil

François Gerard, University College London

2:30 pm - 2:45 pm
Break
2:45 pm - 3:45 pm
Laffer’s Day in Court: The Revenue Effects of Criminal Justice Fees and Fines

Evan Rose, University of Chicago

3:45 pm - 4:00 pm
Break
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Patrick Behrer, The World Bank

5:00 pm - 5:15 pm
Closing Remarks
5:15 pm
Conference Concludes