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David Hoffman

Professor of Law

David Hoffman

Dave Hoffman, an expert in contracts, law and psychology, and empirical legal studies joined the faculty in January 2017. From 2004 through 2016, he was a professor at Temple University's Beasley School of Law, where he was, most recently, the Murray H. Shusterman Professor of Transactional and Business Law.
 
Hoffman’s scholarship uses observational and experimental data to explore individuals' behavior relating to legal rules. Continue reading…

Expertise

  • Contracts
  • Behavioral Economics
  • Social Science and the Law
  • Corporate and Financial Law
  • Law and Economics
  • Legal Process and Dispute Resolution

Books

CONTRACT AND RELATED OBLIGATION: THEORY, DOCTRINE, AND PRACTICE, (7th ed., West 2016) (with Robert S. Summers & Robert A. Hillman).
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Articles and Book Chapters

Contract Consideration and Behavior, 85 GEO. WASH. L. REV. 351 (2017) (with Zev J. Eigen).

From Promise to Form: How Contracting Online Changes Consumers, 91 N.Y.U. L. REV. 1595 (2016).

“Ideology” or “Situation Sense”? An Experimental Investigation of Motivated Reasoning and Professional Judgment, 164 U. PA. L. REV. 349 (2016) (with Dan M. Kahan et al.).

The Common Sense of Contract Formation, 67 STAN. L. REV. 1269 (2015) (with Tess Wilkinson-Ryan).

Whither Bespoke Procedure?, 2014 U. ILL. L. REV. 389 (2014).

Empirical Analysis of Data Breach Litigation, 11 J. EMPIRICAL LEG. STUD. 74 (2014) (with Sasha Romanosky & Alessandro Acquisti).

Building a Taxonomy of Litigation: Clusters of Causes of Action in Federal Complaints, 10 J. EMPIRICAL LEG. STUD. 253 (2013) (with Christina L. Boyd, Zoran Obradovic, & Kosta Ristovski).

Litigating Toward Settlement, 29 J. L. ECON. & ORG. 898 (2013) (with Christina L. Boyd).

The Psychology of Contract Precautions, 80 U. CHI. L. REV. 395 (2013) (with Tess Wilkinson-Ryan).

Instructing Juries on Noneconomic Contract Damages, 81 FORDHAM L. REV. 1221 (2012) (with Alexander S. Radus).

"They Saw a Protest": Cognitive Illiberalism and the Speech-Conduct Distinction, 64 STAN. L. REV. 851 (2012) (with Dan M. Kahan et al.).

A Core of Agreement, 77 U. CHI. L. REV. 1655 (2010) (with Donald Braman & Dan M. Kahan).

Disputing Limited Liability, 104 NW. U. L. REV. 853 (2010) (with Christina L. Boyd).

Breach is for Suckers, 63 VAND. L. REV. 1003 (2010) (with Tess Wilkinson-Ryan).

Some Realism About Punishment Naturalism, 77 U. CHI. L. REV. (2010) 1531 (with Donald Braman & Dan M. Kahan).

Wikitruth Through Wikiorder, 59 EMORY L. J. 151 (2009) (with Salil K. Mehra).

Whose Eyes are You Going to Believe? Scott v. Harris and the Perils of Cognitive Illiberalism, 122 HARV. L. REV. 859 (2009) (with Dan M. Kahan & Donald Braman).

Docketology, District Courts, and Doctrine, 85 WASH. U. L. REV. 681 (2007) (with Alan Izenman & Jeffrey Lidicker).

Self-Handicapping and Managers' Duty of Care, 42 WAKE FOREST L. REV. 803 (2007).

The Best Puffery Article Ever, 91 IOWA L. REV. 1395 (2006).

More publications can be found here.

Working Papers

Relational Contracts of Adhesion (July 31, 2017), U of Penn Law School, Public Law Research Paper No. 17-37. (forthcoming)
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Research Areas

  • Contracts
  • Law and Psychology
  • Empirical Analysis of Law

Courses

  • Contracts
  • Advanced Topics in Contracts
  • Corporations

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