Kathryn Spier

Kathryn Spier, President

Domenico de Sole Professor of Law at the Harvard Law School

Kathryn E. Spier is the Domenico de Sole Professor of Law at the Harvard Law School and is a Research Associate in the Law and Economics Group of the National Bureau of Economic Research in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She received her PhD from MIT in 1989, and her BA in mathematics and economics from Yale in 1985. Before joining the Harvard Law School in 2007, she was for 13 years a professor in the Management and Strategy department at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and served as the Richard M. Paget Distinguished Professor. Before that, she served as assistant and associate professor in the Harvard Economics Department. Professor Spier is currently serving as a co-editor of the RAND Journal of Economics, and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization and the advisory board of the Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics, among others. She also has held leadership positions in the American Law and Economics Association. Professor Spier has published extensively in the areas of law and economics and industrial organization. Her areas of interest include the economics of litigation, contracts, tort law, antitrust, and business organization. Her current research on contracts and bargaining is supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation.

Ian Ayres

Ian Ayres, Vice 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, Secretary-Treasurer

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.