Behavioral Decisionmaking and the Law
Economics assumes people are rational, law assumes people are compliant, but is it really so? In recent years, due to work by Kahneman & Tversky, and Thaler & Sunstein (among others) both disciplines have come to incorporate more and more research from psychology and other social sciences about actual human behavior. We will read research about factors that affect human decision-making and then apply it to substantive and procedural issues in law. (No background in psychology, economics, or social science is necessary.)
*Yes means professor requires everyone in the course to submit a substantial research paper (which is the requirement standard in Academic Policies), so no paperwork required to be submitted to SRO. No means student must timely submit paperwork to SRO if intending to use a paper in this course to satisfy the Writing Requirement.
**Yes indicates course credits count towards UVA Law’s Prof. Skills graduation requirement, not necessarily a skills requirements for any particular state bar.