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The Economics of the Baby Shortage: A Horrifying Counter-example

In Landes and Posner’s famous, The Economics of the Baby Shortage, the authors consider the possibility that baby buyers are likely to self-selecting monsters.  Not so, they argue, as “Moreover, concern for child abuse should not be allowed to obscure the fact that abuse is not the normal motive for adopting a child.  And once [...]

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IRBs and Mission Creep?

I’ve written several times in the past about the intersection of IRBs and the legal academy. (Blogging; Caselaw Research; Zach Schrag interview) Consider this an update in that series. My university (Temple) has an interesting set of new IRB guidelines. Essentially, Temple’s IRB (for all subjects) is now requiring department head sign-off for all protocols: “In [...]

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Temple Law Hiring Announcement

On behalf of this year’s committee, I pass along the following: Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law invites applications from both entry-level and lateral candidates for full-time, tenure-track faculty positions to commence in the Fall Semester 2014.  We welcome applications from candidates with a wide variety of interests.  Although areas of need are subject to [...]

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Guest Post: Jonathan Lipson on the Mess in Detroit

Sorry to interrupt the symposium, but this is in the way of a breaking law-news update.  I asked Jonathan Lipson (Temple), a former guest blogger here and all-around bankruptcy superstar, to offer our readers some thoughts on the recent decision out of the Detroit bankruptcy.  Here are his views: Detroit: Kicking the Federalism Question Down the Rhodes [...]

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