Welcome!


I'm a professor in the Department of Economics at the University of California, Santa Cruz. I use the tools of economics to explain a wide variety of subjects, including law (torts, contracts, takings, litigation, and the good Samaritan rule), democratic politics (candidates, voters, pressure groups, and legislatures), international relations (war, the size of nations, and arms control verification), purely economic topics (contests and mechanism design) and an assortment of unrelated topics (sports rules, theocracy, and family dynamics).

My most recent journal articles are "Darwinian Depression" in the Journal of Affective Disorders (October 2014) and
 "Strategic behavior and organizational structure of religionsin the British Journal of Political Science (October 2014). My most recent book chapter is Ex Ante vs Ex Post in the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Law and Economics, edited by F. Parisi.


My most recent books are The Economics of Governance,  The Oxford Handbook of Political Economy, which I co-edited with Barry Weingast, and Economic Foundations of Law and Organization. Here is a list of all my publications.