I'm an emeritus 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 publications are  "The University of California Was Wrong to Abolish the SAT: Admissions When Affirmative Action Was Banned"  Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, forthcoming 2024.  "District vs At-Large Voting: When district voting results in worse policy for minorities, 
European Journal of Political Economy, Forthcoming 2024. 

Here are three of my less cited but more fun to read articles.
     "Strategic behavior and organizational structure of religionsBritish Journal of Political Science (2014). The  articles explains why Popes tend to be appointed when they are old, while Archbishops of the Anglican Church tend to be appointed at a much younger age, and why the LDS Mormon Church leaders are older when they become leaders while other Mormon churches tend to appoint younger leaders.
      "The Internal Organization of the Family: Economic Analysis and Psychological AdviceKyklos, 2005. This article shows how to minimize behavioral externalities within families, and explains why, when dealing with family members, liability rules are better than Pigovian punishments.
     "Efficient Rules of Thumb in Highway Safety and Sporting Activity," American Economic Review, (1982). This article provides a transaction cost explanation for allocating the right to possess the ball in basketball and parallel issues in other sports and in highway safety.

I have also written op-eds directed to a more general audience: 
     Fossil-Fuel Divestment Is a Waste of Energy (The Chronicle of Higher Education, September 9, 2019); and 
     Rent Control Pits Tenants Against One Another (LA Times, October 19, 2018, with Jesse Cunha).

 Here is a list of all my professional publications.