Christine Jolls

Gordon Bradford Tweedy Professor of Law and Organization

(on leave, fall 2015)


Christine Jolls is the Gordon Bradford Tweedy Professor, a chair previously held by Nobel Laureate Oliver Williamson. She is also the Director of the Law and Economics Program at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) with headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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Contact Information


Yale Law School

P.O. Box 208215

New Haven, CT 06520

Education & Curriculum Vitae


Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1995

J.D., Harvard, 1993

B.A., Stanford, 1989

Courses Taught


  • Rationality and Choice
  • The Information Society and Behavioral Economics
  • Administrative State
  • Employment Law
  • Information Privacy Law

Christine Jolls is the Gordon Bradford Tweedy Professor, a chair previously held by Nobel Laureate Oliver Williamson. She is also the Director of the Law and Economics Program at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) with headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Previously she served as a law clerk at the Supreme Court of the United States, received her J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School, and earned her Ph.D. in Economics from M.I.T., where she was a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow. She was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and earned her undergraduate degree at Stanford University, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa in her second year and won the Robert M. Golden Medal. Prior to college Professor Jolls was named one of two United States Presidential Scholars from the state of California. Her research and teaching concentrate in the areas of employment law, behavioral law and economics, government administration, consumer protection, and privacy law.

Course Syllabi
Rationality and Choice (with Amartya Sen)
The Information Society and Behavioral Economics
Administrative State
Employment Law 
Information Privacy Law

Recent and Forthcoming Publications
Race Effects on eBay (with Ian Ayres and Mahzarin Banaji)

Working Papers
Disaggregating Employment Protection: The Case of Disability Discrimination (with J.J. Prescott)

Employment Law/Labor Markets

Behavioral Economics Analysis of Employment Law (forthcoming in Behavioral Economics and Public Policy, Princeton University Press, 2011).

The New Market for Federal Judicial Law Clerks (with Christopher Avery, Richard A. Posner and Alvin E. Roth), University of Chicago Law Review 74:447-86 (2007).

Employment Law, in The Handbook of Law and Economics, A. Mitchell Polinsky and Steven Shavell, eds., Elsevier Academic Press, 2007.

The Law of Implicit Bias (with Cass R. Sunstein), in Symposium: Behavioral Realism in Law: Implicit Cognition and Social Justice, California Law Review, 94:969-96 (2006).

Antidiscrimination Law's Effects on Implicit Bias, in Behavioral Economics of Employment Discrimination, Mitu Gulati and Michael Yelnosky, eds., Kluwer Academic Publishers, forthcoming 2006.

Law and the Labor Market, Annual Review of Law and Social Science, 2:359-385 (2006).

Identifying the Effects of the Americans with Disabilities Act Using State-Law Variation: Preliminary Evidence on Educational Participation Effects, American Economic Review, 94:447-53 (2004).

The Role and Functioning of Public-Interest Legal Organizations in the Enforcement of the Employment Laws, in Emerging Labor Market Institutions for the 21st Century, Richard Freeman et al., eds., University of Chicago Press (2004), pp. 141-176.

Fairness, Minimum Wages, and Employee Benefits, in Symposium: Behavioral Law and Economics in the Workplace, New York University Law Review, 77:47-70 (2002).

Antidiscrimination and Accommodation, Harvard Law Review, 115:642-99 (2001).

The Market for Federal Judicial Law Clerks (with Christopher Avery, Richard A. Posner, and Alvin E. Roth), University of Chicago Law Review, 68:793-902 (2001).

Accommodation Mandates, Stanford Law Review, 53:223-306 (2000). (With response by John Donohue).

Hands-Tying and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, in Symposium: The Changing Workplace, Texas Law Review, 74:1813-46 (1996). 

 

Behavioral Law and Economics

Behavioral Economics Analysis of Employment Law (forthcoming in Behavioral Economics and Public Policy, Princeton University Press, 2011).

Bias and the Law (forthcoming in American Behavioral Scientist).

Governing America (forthcoming in Max Weber Lecture Series, European University Institute).

Dworkin’s "Living Well" and the Well-Being Revolution, in Symposium: Ronald Dworkin’s Justice for Hedgehogs, Boston University Law Review, 90:641-655 (2010).

Behavioral Law and Economics (update of the essay published under the same title in Behavioral Economics and Its Applications, Peter Diamond and Hannu Vartiainen eds., Princeton University Press, 2007).

Antidiscrimination Law's Effects on Implicit Bias, in Behavioral Economics of Employment Discrimination, Mitu Gulati and Michael Yelnosky, eds., Kluwer Academic Publishers, forthcoming 2006.

Debiasing Through Law (with Cass R. Sunstein), Journal of Legal Studies, 35:199-241 (2006).

The Law of Implicit Bias (with Cass R. Sunstein), in Symposium: Behavioral Realism in Law: Implicit Cognition and Social Justice, California Law Review, 94:969-96 (2006).

On Law Enforcement with Boundedly Rational Agents, in The Law and Economics of Irrational Behavior, Francesco Parisi and Vernon Smith, eds., Stanford University Press, (2004), pp.268-86.

Fairness, Minimum Wages, and Employee Benefits, in Symposium: Behavioral Law and Economics in the Workplace, New York University Law Review, 77:47-70 (2002).

"Social-Behavioral" Economics, The Green Bag, 5:321-28 (2002).

A Behavioral Approach to Law and Economics (with Cass R. Sunstein and Richard Thaler), Stanford Law Review, 50:1471-1550 (1998). (With responses by Mark Kelman and Richard A. Posner.)

Theories and Tropes: A Reply to Posner and Kelman (with Cass R. Susntein and Richard Thaler), Stanford Law Review, 50:1593-1608 (1998).

Behavioral Economic Analysis of Redistributive Legal Rules, in Symposium: Behavioral Law and Economics,Vanderbilt Law Review, 51:1653-77 (1998).

Contracts as Bilateral Commitments: A New Perspective on Contract Modification, Journal of Legal Studies, 26:203-37 (1997).

Hands-Tying and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, in Symposium: The Changing Workplace, Texas Law Review, 74:1813-46 (1996). 

 

Contract Theory/Incentive Contracts

Managerial Value Diversion and Shareholder Wealth (with Lucian Arye Bebchuk), Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization, 15:487-502 (1999).

Contracts as Bilateral Commitments: A New Perspective on Contract Modification, Journal of Legal Studies, 26:203-37 (1997).

 

Occasional Pieces

Is There a Glass Ceiling? Harvard Women's Law Journal, 25:1-18 (2002).

In Memoriam: David Charny, Harvard Law Review, 114:2234-44 (2001).