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David Hoffman

Professor of Law

David Hoffman

Professor Dave Hoffman is a widely-cited scholar who focuses his research and teaching on contract law.  His work is typically interdisciplinary, built through collaboration with co-authors from a variety of fields. Continue reading…


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

The Social Cost of Contract, 121 COLUM. L. REV. 979 (2021) (with Cathy Hwang)

Transactional Scripts in Contract Stacks, 105 MINN. L. REV. 319 (2020) (with Shaanan Cohney).

Hushing Contracts, 94 WASH. U. L. REV. 165 (2019) (with Erik Lampmann).

Coin-Operated Capitalism, 119 COLUM. L. REV. 591 (2019) (with Shaanan Cohney, Jeremy Sklaroff, & David A. Wishnick).

Relational Contracts of Adhesion, 85 U. CHI. L. REV. 1395 (2018).

Law and Psychology Grows Up, Goes Online, and Replicates, 15 J. EMPIRICAL LEG. STUD. 320 (2018) (with Krin Irvine & Tess Wilkinson-Ryan).

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).

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

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Working Papers

Leases as Forms (February 15, 2021), U of Penn, Inst for Law & Econ Research Paper No. 21-11 (with Anton Strezhnev). (forthcoming)
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Research Areas

  • Contracts
  • Law and Psychology
  • Empirical Analysis of Law


  • Contracts
  • Advanced Topics in Contracts
  • Corporations

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