June 16, 2010
George Priest Named Edward J. Phelps Professor of Law and Economics
George L. Priest has been named the Edward J. Phelps Professor of Law and Economics at Yale Law School. Professor Priest is an internationally recognized expert in the fields of antitrust and regulation whose research over the past two decades has focused on the determinants of economic growth. He joined Yale Law School in 1981 and is co-director of the John M. Olin Center for Law, Economics and Public Policy, which facilitates the scholarly work of the Yale law and economics faculty and supports student interest and research in the field.
In March, Professor Priest was named the Kauffman Distinguished Research Scholar in Law, Economics, and Entrepreneurship as part of a $735,000 grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation to support the creation of the Kauffman Program in Law, Economics and Entrepreneurship at Yale Law School. The Kauffman grant will support Professor Priest’s work reenergizing the field of law and economics by focusing on how legal institutions can promote entrepreneurship and economic growth.
Before coming to Yale, Professor Priest taught law at the University of Chicago, SUNY/Buffalo, and UCLA. His subject areas are antitrust; capitalism; regulated industries; torts; and insurance and public policy.
Professor Priest earned a B.A. from Yale and a J.D. from the University of Chicago.