Tess Wilkinson-Ryan L'05
Assistant Professor of Law and Psychology
Tess Wilkinson-Ryan studies the psychology of legal decision-making. Her research addresses the role of moral judgment in legal decision making, with a particular focus on private contracts and negotiations.
Tess Wilkinson-Ryan studies the psychology of legal decision-making. Her research addresses the role of moral judgment in legal decision making, with a particular focus on private contracts and negotiations. She uses experimental methods from psychology and behavioral economics to ask how people draw on their moral intuitions to motivate or inform legal choices. Recent research topics include mortgage borrowing and default, retirement planning, contract precautions, and the cognitive and emotional response to breach of contract. In 2012 she was awarded the A. Leo Levin Award for Excellence in an Introductory Course.
- Behavioral Economics
- Social Science and the Law
Articles and Book Chapters
Psychology of Contract Precautions, 80 U. CHI. L. REV. ___ (with David Hoffman) (forthcoming)
Fault in Contracts, A Psychological Approach, in FAULT IN AMERICAN CONTRACT LAW (Omri Ben-Shahar & Ariel Porat eds., Cambridge University Press, 2010).
The Effect of Conflicting Moral and Legal Rules on Bargaining Behavior: The Case of Divorce, 37 J. LEGAL STUD. 315 (2008) (with Jonathan Baron).
Negotiating Divorce: Gender and the Behavioral Economics of Divorce Bargaining, 26 LAW & INEQ. 109 (2008) (with Deborah Small).
More publications can be found here.
Judging Similarity (March 10, 2014), 100 IOWA L. REV. __ (forthcoming 2014) (with Shyamkrishna Balganesh & Irina D. Manta). (forthcoming 2014)
Intuitions About Contract Formation (February 20, 2014), U of Penn, Inst for Law & Econ Research Paper No. 14-5 (with David A. Hoffman). (forthcoming)
Why Do Retail Investors Make Costly Mistakes? An Experiment on Mutual Fund Choice (May 2013). U of Penn, Inst for Law & Econ Research Paper No. 12-24 (with Jill E. Fisch). (forthcoming)
Fee Salience in Retirement Investment Choices (with Jill Fisch). (forthcoming)
The Sucker Norm: Betrayal, Humiliation, and Retaliation in Economic Behavior. (forthcoming)
- Contract Law
- Family Law
- Experimental Economics
- Moral Judgment
Penn Law – Assistant Professor of Law (2010- ); George Sharswood Fellow in Law and Psychology, Lecturer in Law (2008-10)
University of Pennsylvania College of Arts & Sciences – Graduate Fellow, Teaching Assistant (2005-08)
Bernstein, Shur, Sawyer & Nelson, Portland, Maine – Summer Associate (2004)
Education Law Center, Philadelphia – Summer Intern (2003)
- Psychological Analysis of Legal Decision-Making
- Gender, Psychology, and Law