Kathryn Zeiler

Kathryn Zeiler

Professor of Law

Nancy Barton Scholar

BS, Business, Indiana University
MS, Taxation, Golden Gate University
MS, Social Sciences, California Institute of Technology
JD, University of Southern California Law School
PhD, Economics, California Institute of Technology


Biography

Professor Kathryn Zeiler joined BU Law’s full-time faculty as Nancy Barton Scholar and professor of law in July 2015. Prior to joining the faculty, Professor Zeiler was Professor of Law at the Georgetown University Law Center (2003–2015). She has held visiting professorships at Harvard Law School, NYU School of Law, Hebrew University, and Heidelberg University.

Professor Zeiler’s scholarship applies economic theory and empirical methods to the study of legal issues and research questions. Her main scholarly interests include the advancement of empirical legal studies, importation of experimental economics results and behavioral economics theories into legal scholarship, effects of state legislative tort damages caps on the price of medical malpractice insurance premiums, effects of communication and resolution programs implemented by hospitals to resolve medical malpractice claims, and the role of medical malpractice insurers in patient safety.

Professor Zeiler serves as a Fellow and current Chair of the board of directors for the Society of Empirical Legal Studies. She was elected to serve as the 2020-2021 Secretary-Treasurer for the American Law and Economics Association and is currently serving as President. She was elected in 2022 to a three-year term on the board of the Association for Interdisciplinary Meta-Research and Open Science and currently serves as Vice President. She was appointed in 2021 to the Advisory Board of ReplicationWiki. She holds positions on the editorial board of the American Law and Economics Review and Behavioral Science and Policy. She has served as a member of the Max Planck Institute’s Scientific Review Board for Research on Collective Goods (2011–2018) and as a member of the board of directors of the American Law and Economics Association (2010–2012). She is a regular peer-reviewer for a number of economics, law and economics, health policy and medical journals.

Her recent publications include Replicability in Empirical Legal Research, 17 Annual Review of Law and Social Science (2021) (with Jason Chin) (https://ssrn.com/abstract=3758424); Mistaken About Mistakes, 48(1) European Journal of Law and Economics 9 (2018) (https://ssrn.com/abstract=3047907); What Explains Observed Reluctance to Trade?: A Comprehensive Literature Review (2018), in RESEARCH HANDBOOK ON BEHAVIORAL LAW AND ECONOMICS, Edward Elgar Publishing (ed. Joshua C. Teitelbaum and Kathryn Zeiler) (https://ssrn.com/abstract=2862021); and Law, Technology, and Patient Safety, 68(2) DePaul Law Review 459 (2019) (with Gregory Hardy) (https://ssrn.com/abstract=3257555).

Publications

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  • Jason Chin & Kathryn Zeiler, Replicability in Empirical Legal Research 17 Annual Review of Law and Social Science (2021)
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  • Jason Chin, Alexander DeHaven, Tobias Heycke, Alexander Holcombe, David Mellor, Justin Pickett, Crystal Steltenpohl, Simine Vazire & Kathryn Zeiler, Improving the credibility of empirical legal research: practical suggestions for researchers, journals, and law schools 3 Law, Technology and Humans (2021)
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  • Kathryn Zeiler & Gregory Hardy, Law, Technology and Patient Safety 68 Law, Technology, and Patient Safety (2019)
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  • Kathryn Zeiler & Erica Puccetti, Crime, Punishment, and Legal Error: A Review of the Experimental Literature Boston University School of Law, Law and Economics Research Paper (2018)
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  • Kathryn Zeiler, Mistaken About Mistakes 17-43 Boston University School of Law, Law and Economics Research Paper Series (2018)
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  • Joshua Teitelbaum & Kathryn Zeiler, Research Handbook on Behavioral Law and Economics (2018)
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  • Kathryn Zeiler, Investigating the Politics of Legal Empirics: Possible Next Steps 174 Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics (2018)
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  • Kathryn Zeiler, What Explains Observed Reluctance to Trade? A Comprehensive Literature Review, in Research Handbook on Behavioral Law and Economics (Joshua Teitelbaum and Kathryn Zeiler,2018)
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  • Kathryn Zeiler, The Future of Empirical Legal Scholarship: Where Might We Go From Here? 66 Journal of Legal Education (2016)
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  • Greg Klass & Kathryn Zeiler, Against Endowment Theory: Experimental Economics and Legal Scholarship 61 UCLA Law Review (2013)
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  • Kathryn Zeiler & Lorian Hardcastle, Do Damages Caps Reduce Medical Malpractice Insurance Premiums?: A Systematic Review of Estimates and the Methods Used to Produce Them, in No. 12-042 Georgetown Law and Economics Research Paper Series (2012)
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  • Charles Plott & Kathryn Zeiler, The Willingness to Pay-Willingness to Accept Gap, the 'Endowment Effect,' Subject Misconceptions, and Experimental Procedures for Eliciting Valuations: Reply 101 American Economic Review (2011)
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  • Kathryn Zeiler, Cautions on the Use of Economics Experiments in Law 166 Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics (2010)
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  • Kathryn Zeiler, Medical Malpractice Liability Crisis or Patient Compensation Crisis? 59 DePaul Law Review (2010)
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  • Kathryn Zeiler, Empirical Health Law Scholarship: The State of the Field 96 Georgetown Law Journal (2008)
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  • Charles Silver, Kathryn Zeiler, Bernard Black, David Hyman & William Sage, Malpractice Payouts and Malpractice Insurance: Evidence from Texas Closed Claims, 1990-2003 33 The Geneva Paperson Risk Insurance: Issues and Practice (2008)
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  • David A. Hyman, Bernard S. Black, Kathryn Zeiler, Charles Silver & William M. Sage, Do Defendants Pay What Juries Award - Post-Verdict Haircuts in Texas Medical Malpractice Cases, 1988-2003 4 Journal of Empirical Legal Studies (2007)
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  • Charles R. Plott & Kathryn Zeiler, Exchange Asymmetries Incorrectly Interpreted as Evidence of Endowment Effect Theory and Prospect Theory? 97 American Economic Review (2007)
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  • Kathryn Zeiler, Charles Silver, Bernard Black, David Hyman & William Sage, Physicians' Insurance Limits and Malpractice Payments: Evidence from Texas Closed Claims, 1990-2003 36 Journal of Legal Studies (2007)
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  • Kathryn Zeiler, Turning from Damage Caps to Information Disclosure: An Alternative to Tort Reform 5 Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law, and Ethics (2005)
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  • Kimberly Krawiec & Kathryn Zeiler, Common Law Disclosure Duties and the Sin of Omission: Testing the Meta-Theories 91 Virginia Law Review (2005)
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  • Charles R. Plott & Kathryn Zeiler, The Willingness to Pay-Willingness to Accept Gap, the 'Endowment Effect,' Subject Misconceptions, and Experimental Procedures for Eliciting Valuations 95 American Economic Review (2005)
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Courses

Health Law: LAW JD 856

4 credits

This survey course will cover the principles that govern and influence the interaction of patients, payors, and providers in the field traditionally referred to as "health law." Coverage includes establishment of the physician-patient relationship, privacy and confidentiality, medical malpractice, conflicts of interest, health care financing, federal preemption, billing fraud, public health law, proposals for health care reform, regulation of drugs and devices, licensure of health professions, and regulation of health facilities, including emergency departments. The course content will be in part driven by the students themselves delving deeper into assigned topics, through class presentations.

FALL 2022: LAW JD 856 A1 , Sep 6th to Dec 8th 2022
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg Room
Tue,Thu 8:30 am 10:30 am 4 Christopher Robertson LAW 413

Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Global Challenges II: KHC HC 302

4 credits

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  • Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy
  • Social Inquiry II
  • Teamwork/Collaboration

68.5 million people were displaced from their homes by wars and persecution by the end of 2017. What disciplines and methodologies will help us understand this unprecedented global crisis? A premise of this course is that any understanding of the contemporary refugee crisis requires interdisciplinary study, and the most effective solutions are developed by teams like the interdisciplinary groups you will form in this class. The refugee crisis will provide a lens through which to understand nation/states, culture, identity, technology, trauma, and human resilience. Effective Spring 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Social Inquiry II, Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy, Teamwork/Collaboration.

SPRG 2023: KHC HC 302 A1 , Jan 19th to May 2nd 2023
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg Room
Tue,Thu 9:30 am 10:45 am 4 PrestonZaman KHC 101
Thu 9:30 am 10:45 am 4 PrestonZaman KHC 114