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Samuel Bowles To Give Leff Lecture, “Good Government and Human Behavior,” Nov. 10

Professor Samuel Bowles will deliver the 2008-2009 Arthur Allen Leff Fellowship Lecture at Yale Law School on Monday, November 10. His lecture is titled “Good Government and Human Behavior:  New Evidence on Enduring Questions.” It will be held at 4:30 p.m. in Room 127 and is free and open to the public. A reception will follow in the Alumni Reading Room.

Professor Bowles is Research Professor and Director of the Behavioral Sciences Program at the Santa Fe Institute. He is also Professor of Economics at the University of Siena, Italy. He taught economics at Harvard from 1965 to 1973 and at the University of Massachusetts, where he is now emeritus professor. His recent studies on cultural and genetic evolution have challenged the conventional economic assumption that people are motivated entirely by self-interest.

He is the author of numerous books and scholarly papers. His next major work, A Cooperative Species: Human Reciprocity and its Evolution, will seek to explain why humans, unlike other animals, engage in extensive forms of cooperation among large numbers of unrelated individuals. Co-authored with Herbert Gintis, it will be published in 2009. 

Professor Bowles holds a B.A. from Yale and a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard.

The Arthur Allen Leff Fellowship, established in memory of Arthur Allen Leff, Southmayd Professor of Law, brings to Yale Law School people whose work in other disciplines illuminates the study of law and legal institutions.