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 is Nancy Barton scholar and professor of law at Boston University School of Law. Prior to joining the BU Law faculty in 2015, Professor Zeiler was professor of law at the Georgetown University Law Center (2003 to 2015). She has held visiting professorships at Harvard Law School, NYU School of Law, Hebrew University Faculty of Law, and Heidelberg University Faculty of Law. Professor Zeiler teaches in the areas of tort law, health law and law and economics. In 2021, she was nominated for the Boston University Provost’s Scholar-Teacher of the Year award.

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, metaresearch, importation of experimental economics results and behavioral economics theories into legal scholarship, the medical malpractice liability system, malpractice insurance markets, and patient safety. She is co-editor of the Research Handbook on Behavioral Law and Economics (2018) and has published numerous articles in journals including UCLA Law Review, Virginia Law Review, Georgetown Law Journal, American Economic Review, Journal of Legal Studies, Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, and Annual Review of Law and Social Science. She is currently working on a replication project to test the credibility of quantitative empirical studies relied on by the US Supreme Court.

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 to 2021 Secretary-Treasurer for the American Law and Economics Association, served as vice president in 2021 to 2022, and president and host of the association’s annual meeting in 2022 to 2023. She was elected in 2022 to a three-year term on the board of the Association for Interdisciplinary Meta-Research and Open Science and has served as vice president (2022). She was appointed in 2021 to the Advisory Board of ReplicationWiki and in 2023 to the Steering Committee of the Aumann-Fischer Center for Law, Economics, and Public Policy housed at Hebrew University Law Faculty. She holds positions on the editorial boards 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 to 2018) and as a member of the board of directors of the American Law and Economics Association (2010 to 2012). She is a regular peer-reviewer for a number of economics, law and economics, health policy and medical journals.

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  • Jason Chin, Alexander Holcombe, Kathryn Zeiler, Patrick Forscher & Ann Guo, Metaresearch, Psychology, and Law: A Case Study on Implicit Bias (2023)
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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, Mistaken About Mistakes 48 European Journal of Law and Economics (2019)
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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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  • 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, Medical Malpractice Liability Crisis or Patient Compensation Crisis? 59 DePaul Law Review (2010)
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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, 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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