Fifth Annual Triangle Law & Economics Conference

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When: Friday, April 11, 2014
Time: 8:00 AM -  6:00 PM
Where: Hock Auditorium 

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The Fifth Annual Triangle L&E Conference—Rethinking Regulation and Reform: Behavioral Economics and the Regulatory State—will be addressing issues at the intersection of behavioral economics and law with a special focus on the applications of decision science, choice architecture, and nudging to law, regulation, and policy.

Panel topics for the conference: behavioral finance, health, fraud & corruption, energy & climate change, tax salience, rethinking behavior-ism

Historically a faculty-run joint effort between Duke Law School, UNC School of Law, and the Fuqua School of Business, the Conference is now a student-run initiative that has been expanded to be highly inter- and cross-disciplinary, involving faculty from across Economics, Psychology, Neuroscience, Philosophy, History, Neurobiology, the Nicholas School of the Environment and Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, the School of Medicine, Fuqua, the Sanford School of Public Policy, the Center for Advanced Hindsight, the Behavioral Science and Policy Center, and Law, as well as several other campus-based centers, programs, and initiatives at both Duke and UNC-Chapel Hill.

The purpose of the Conference is to facilitate interdisciplinary discussion, rather than canned presentations between panelists, that will make for an engaging, generative, and fun examination into a particular issue from the lens of behavioral law and economics with creative and pragmatic solutions to the problems captured by the issues that the panels pose.

For questions, contact Shanna Lehrman.



Thursday, April 10th
Keynote Address and Reception
Fuqua School of Business
Duke University

Free parking available on-site but carpooling and other means of transportation are encouraged.
Heavy hors d'oeuvres and (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) beverages will be provided.


4:30 - 5:00 PM Welcome Reception
  Location: Atrium outside of Geneen Auditorium
5:00 - 6:00 PM Keynote Address : Beyond Nudges:  Choice Architecture and Improving Decisions
(open to the public)
  Speaker: Eric Johnson
Norman C. Eig Chair of Business, Columbia Business School
Director, Center for Decision Sciences, Columbia University
  Introduction by Professor John Payne, Fuqua School of Business, Duke University
  Location: Atrium outside of Geneen Auditorium
6:00 - 6:45 PM Reception
  Location: Fuqua Davis Meeting Room and Roof Terrace
7:00 - 9:00 PM Dinner Reception for Panelists, Facilitators, Sponsors, Affiliates, and select students
  Location: By invitation only


Friday, April 11th

Hock Auditorium
2424 Erwin Blvd, Durham, NC
Duke University School of Medicine

Free parking available on-site but carpooling and other means of transportation are encouraged.
All meals will be provided throughout the Conference.

8:15 - 8:45 AM Registration and Breakfast
8:45 - 9:00AM Welcome Remarks

Dr. Scott Huettel
Founder and Director, Duke Center for Interdisciplinary Decision Sciences

Professor Jonathan Wiener
Perkins Professor of Law, and Professor of Public Policy and Environmental Policy, Duke University

9:00 - 10:05 AM Health
  Facilitator: Sim Sitkin
Professor of Management, Fuqua School of Business
Director, Behavioral Science and Policy Center

Barak Richman
Edgar P. and Elizabeth C. Bartlett Professor of Law and Business Administration, Duke Law School and the Fuqua School of Business

Henry Grabowski
Professor of Economics, Duke University
Director, Program in Pharmaceuticals and Health Economics

Brad Wilson
President and Chief Executive Officer, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina

10:05 - 11:10 AM Fraud and Corruption
  Facilitator: Susanna Blumenthal
Associate Professor Law and History, University of Minnesota

Sam Buell
Professor of Law, Duke University

Bob Pringle
Partner, Winston & Strawn LLP (San Francisco, CA)

Ed Ballesien
Associate Professor History and Public Policy, Duke University
Senior Fellow, Kenan Institute for Ethics
Director, Rethinking Regulation Initiative

Bill Black
Associate Professor of Economics and Law, University of Missouri – Kansas City (UMKC)

11:10 - 11:25 AM Break - Coffee and Snacks
11:25 AM - 12:30 PM Tax Salience
  Facilitator: Larry Zelenak
Pamela B. Gann Professor of Law, Duke University

Peter Barnes
Of Counsel, Caplin & Drysdale, Chartered (Washington, D.C.)
Senior Fellow, Duke Center for International Development, Sanford School of Public Policy

David Gamage
Assistant Professor of Law, University of California, Berkeley

Kathleen Thomas
Assistant Professor of Law, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Jasper Cummings
Counsel – Federal Tax Group, Alston & Bird LLP (Washington, D.C. and Raleigh, NC)

12:30 - 1:30 PM Lunch
1:30 - 2:35 PM Energy and Climate Change
  Facilitator: Jonathan Wiener
William R. and Thomas L. Perkins Professor of Law and Director, JD-LLM Program in International and Comparative Law, Duke Law School
Professor of Environmental Policy, Duke University
Professor of Public Policy, Duke University

Billy Pizer
Associate Professor,  Sanford School of Public Policy Faculty Fellow,  Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions

Lori Bennear
Associate Professor of Environmental Economics and Policy, Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University

Marcus Hedahl
Assistant Professor of Philosophy, U.S. Naval Academy

Rick Larrick
Michael W. Krzyzewski University Professor in Leadership and Professor of Management and Organizations, Duke University

2:35 - 3:40 PM Behavioral Finance
  Facilitator: Lawrence Baxter
William B. McGuire Professor of the Practice of Law, Duke Law School

Jim Cox
Brainerd Currie Professor of Law, Duke Law School

John Payne
Joseph J. Ruvane Professor of Business Administration, Fuqua School of Business
Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, Duke University

Christian Broadbent
Chief Counsel, Office of Credit Ratings, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)

Robert J. Johnson, Jr.
Senior Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary, and Chief Corporate Governance Officer, Branch Banking & Trust (BB&T) Corporation

3:40 – 3:55 PM Break - Coffee and Snacks
3:55 PM - 5:15 PM Rethinking Behavior-ism
  Facilitator: Scott Huettel
Jerry G. and Patricia Crawford Hubbard Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience with secondary faculty appointments in Departments of Psychiatry and Neurobiology, Duke University
Founder and Director, Duke Center for Interdisciplinary Decision Sciences

Dan Ariely
James B. Duke Professor of Psychology and  Behavioral Economics, Duke University
Director, Center for Advanced Hindsight Co-Founder, BEworks

Rachel Kranton
James B. Duke Professor of Economics, Duke University
Fellow, Econometric Society

Read Montague
Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine
Professor, Department of Physics, College of Science, Virginia Tech
Director, Human Neuroimaging Laboratory and the Computational Psychiatry Unit, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Pate Skene
Associate Professor of Neurobiology, Duke University School of Medicine
J.D. Candidate, Class of 2014, Duke Law School

5:15 - 5:25 PM Closing Remarks

Shanna Lehrman
J.D. Candidate, Class of 2015, Duke Law School
President, Law & Economics Society

6:00 - 9:00 PM Dinner and Evening Reception

Museum of Life + Science
433 W Murray Ave, Durham, NC
(open only to Conference attendees, sponsors, and affiliates)