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Jonathan Klick

Professor of Law

Jonathan Klick

Jonathan Klick’s work focuses on identifying the causal effects of laws and regulations on individual behavior using cutting-edge econometric tools. Specific topics addressed by Klick’s work include the relationship between abortion access and risky sex, the health behaviors of diabetics, the effect of police on crime, addiction as rational choice, how liability exposure affects the labor market for physicians, as well as a host of other issues. Continue reading…


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Articles and Book Chapters

The Logic and Limits of Event Studies in Securities Fraud Litigation, 96 TEX. L. REV. 553 (2018) (with Jill E. Fisch & Jonah B. Gelbach).

Empirical Law and Economics, in OXFORD HANDBOOK OF LAW AND ECONOMICS (Francesco Parisi ed., Oxford 2017) (with Jonah B. Gelbach).

The Value of the Right to Exclude: An Empirical Assessment, 165 U. PA. L. REV. 917 (2017) (with Gideon Parchomovsky).

Reducing False Guilty Pleas and Wrongful Convictions Through Exoneree Compensation, 59 J. L. & ECON. 173 (2016) (with Murat C. Mungan).

Everything’s Bigger in Texas: Except the Medmal Settlements, 22 CONN. INS. L. J. 1 (2016) (with Eric Helland and Tom Baker).

Identifying Criminals’ Risk Preferences, 91 IND. L. J. 791 (2016) (with Murat C. Mungan).

The Developmental Effect of State Alcohol Prohibitions at the Turn of the 20th Century, 54 ECON. INQUIRY 762 (2016) (with Mary F. Evans, Eric Helland, and Ashwin Patel).

Discounting and Criminals' Implied Risk Preferences, 11 REV. L. & ECON. 19 (2015) (with Murat C. Mungan).

The Effect of Any Willing Provider and Freedom of Choice Laws on Prescription Drug Expenditures,17 AM. L. & ECON. & REV. 192 (2015) (with Joshua D. Wright).

Preemption in the Rehnquist and Roberts Courts: An Empirical Analysis 23 SUP. CT. ECON. REV. 353 (2015) (with Michael S. Greve, Michael Petrino, and J. P. Sevilla).

Functional Law and Economics: The Search for Value-Neutral Principles of Lawmaking, in LAW AND ECONOMICS: PHILOSOPHICAL ISSUES AND FUNDAMENTAL QUESTIONS (Aristides N. Hatzis and Nicholas Mercuro, eds., Routledge 2015) (with Francesco Parisi).

Forfeiture of Illegal Gains, Attempts, and Implied Risk Preferences, 43 J. LEGAL STUD. 137 (2014) (with Murat C. Mungan).

Does Anyone Get Stopped at the Gate? An Empirical Analysis of State Adoption of the Daubert Trilogy, 20 SUP. CT. ECON. REV. 1 (2012). (with Eric Helland)

The Relationship between Abortion Liberalization and Sexual Behavior: International Evidence, 14 AM. L. & ECON. REV. 457 (2012). (with Sven Neelsen & Thomas Stratmann)

Why Aren't Regulation and Litigation Substitutes?: An Examination of the Capture Hypothesis, in REGULATORY BREAKDOWN: THE CRISIS OF CONFIDENCE IN U.S. REGULATION 227 (Cary Coglianese ed., University of Pennsylvania Press 2012). (with Eric Helland)
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Mobile Phones and Crime Deterrence: An Underappreciated Link, in RESEARCH HANDBOOK ON THE ECONOMICS OF CRIMINAL LAW 243 (Alon Harel & Keith N. Hylton eds., Elgar: 2012). (with John MacDonald & Thomas Stratman)

The Effect of Contract Regulation on Franchising, 168 J. INSTITUTIONAL & THEORETICAL ECON. 38 (2012).

Fire Suppression Policy, Weather, and Western Wildland Fire Trends: An Empirical Analysis, in WILDLIFE POLICY: LAW AND ECONOMICS PERSPECTIVES 158 (Karen M. Bradshaw & Dean Lueck, eds., RFF Press 2012). (with Jason Scott Johnston)
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Police, Prisons, and Crime (with Alexander Tabarrok), in HANDBOOK ON THE ECONOMICS OF CRIME (Bruce l. Benson and Paul R. Zimmerman, eds., 2012).
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Recessions and the Social Safety Net: The Alternative Minimum Tax as a Counter-Cyclical Fiscal Stabilizer, 63 STAN. L. REV. 187 (2010) (with Brian Galle).

Federalism, Variation, and State Regulation of Franchise Termination, 3 ENTREPRENEURIAL BUS. L.J. 355-380 (2009) (with Bruce Kobayashi and Larry Ribstein).

Passive Discrimination: When Does It Make Sense to Pay Too Little?, 76 U. CHI. L. REV. 797 (2009) (with Jonah Gelbach and Lesley Wexler).

Agency Costs, Charitable Trusts, and Corporate Control: Evidence from Hershey’s Kiss-Off, 108 COLUM. L. REV. 749 (2008) (with Robert H. Sitkoff).

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Working Papers

Is the Digital Economy Too Concentrated? (November 11, 2020), U of Penn, Inst for Law & Econ Research Paper No. 21-12. (forthcoming)
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The Costs of Critical Habitat or Owl’s Well That Ends Well (November 3, 2020), U of Penn, Inst for Law & Econ Research Paper No. 20-57 (with J. B. Ruhl). (forthcoming)
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Sobering Up After the Seventh Inning: Alcohol and Crime Around the Ballpark (April 2, 2020), U of Penn, Inst for Law & Econ Research Paper No. 21-14 (with John MacDonald). (forthcoming)
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Medicare Secondary Payer and Settlement Delay (July 9, 2015), U of Penn, Inst for Law & Econ Research Paper No. 15-24. (forthcoming)
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The Effect of Privately Provided Police Services on Crime, U of Penn, Inst for Law & Econ Research Paper No. 12-36 (November 4, 2012) (with John MacDonald & Ben Grunwald). (forthcoming)
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Research Areas

  • Empirical Law and Economics
  • Empirical Finance
  • Public Health


Penn Law – Professor of Law (2008- ); Visiting Professor (2007)

RAND Corporation - Senior Economist (2007- )

Mercatus Center – Dorothy Donnelley Moller Research Fellow (2002-03); Research Fellow in Health Policy (2001-02)

Visiting Professor – Penn, Columbia, University of Southern California, Northwestern, University of Hamburg, Erasmus University, University of Canterbury

American Enterprise Institute – Associate Director of Liability Project (2003-05)

Florida State University – Jeffrey A. Stoops Professor of Law (2005-08); Courtesy Professor of Economics (2004-08); Associate Professor (2007-08); Assistant Professor (2004-07)

Professional Activities

Grant Reviewer: National Science Foundation; Smith Richardson Foundation


  • Law & Economics
  • Torts
  • Corporations
  • Statistics for Lawyers

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