Ian Ayres

Ian Ayres, President

William K. Townsend Professor at Yale Law School

Ian is the William K. Townsend Professor at Yale Law School and a Professor at Yale's School of Management. Ian has published 11 books (including the New York Times best-seller, Super Crunchers) and over 100 articles on a wide range of topics including Fair Driving: Gender and Race Discrimination in Retail Car Negotiations, 104 Harvard Law Review 817 (1991) and Filling Gaps in Incomplete Contracts: An Economic Theory of Default Rules, 99 Yale Law Journal 87 (1989) (with Robert Gertner). He has been a columnist for Forbes magazine, a commentator on public radio’s Marketplace, and a contributor to the New York Times' Freakonomics Blog. Ian is a co-founder of, a web site that helps you stick to your goals. In an Illinois post-conviction proceeding, Ayres helped convince a court to vacate his client's death sentence. In 2006, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Ian Ayres

Keith N. Hylton, Vice President

William Fairfield Warren Distinguished Professor and Professor of Law at Boston University

Keith Hylton holds a university professorship at Boston University and is also a law professor at Boston University School of Law. He has published numerous articles and books on topics in tort law, antitrust law, intellectual property law, labor law, the economics of litigation, criminal law, and areas of regulation such as community development lending. Among his publications are a textbook on antitrust law and a forthcoming textbook on tort law. Hylton’s work ranges across the methodological spectrum of law and economics, from mathematical modeling of incentives, to traditional doctrinal analysis, to empirical research.

A native of Detroit, Michigan, Hylton was drawn to economics initially by his curiosity in the functioning of labor markets, but his interests quickly expanded to virtually all topics in the field. For the most part he has tried to employ economic analysis to better understand legal doctrine. His recent book on intellectual property, for example, uses a simple economic framework to provide a consistent positive account of the major doctrines in intellectual property law. A particular focus of his work on torts has been the role of litigation costs and information constraints in determining the incentive effects of legal rules.

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Jennifer Arlen, Secretary-Treasurer

Norma Z. Paige Professor of Law at New York University

Jennifer Arlen is the Norma Z. Paige Professor of Law and founder and Director of the Program on Corporate Compliance and Enforcement at New York University School of Law. Jennifer Arlen has published over 50 articles and book chapters in leading scholarly publications, including the RAND Journal of Economics; Journal of Law, Economics and Organization; Journal of Legal Studies; Journal of Law and Economics; Journal of Legal Analysis; University of Chicago Law Review; New York University Law Review; and the Yale Law Journal. She has had three articles selected as one of the 10 best articles in corporate and securities law of the year. She has edited two books, including the Research Handbook on the Economic Analysis of Torts (2013). She is currently editing the Research Handbook on Corporate Crime and Financial Misdealing.

Jennifer Arlen is one of the co-founders of the Society of Empirical Legal Studies and served as its president in 2007. She served on the first board of directors of ALEA, and also was on the board in 2006-09. She currently is on the editorial board of the American Law and Economics Review. A leading scholar on corporate criminal enforcement, Jennifer Arlen is the Associate Reporter for the American Law Institute’s Principles of Law, Compliance, Risk Management, and Enforcement Project. She received her BA in economics from Harvard College (magna cum laude) and her JD and PhD in economics from New York University.