Professor Buccafusco joined the Chicago-Kent faculty in 2009 and was voted Professor
of the Year by the Student Bar Association for 2009-10. He teaches torts and copyright
law. His research interests include intellectual property law, behavioral law and
economics, law and psychology, and legal history. His recent work focuses on
psychological challenges to legal notions of rationality and on the application of
happiness research to the law. His published articles have appeared in the Columbia Law
Review, University of Chicago Law Review (twice), California Law Review, Cornell Law
Review, and Georgetown Law Journal. 

Professor Buccafusco is a Ph.D. candidate in legal history at the University of Chicago.
He graduated from the University of Georgia School of Law in 2004 and earned a B.S.
degree from Georgia Tech in 2001. Before coming to Chicago-Kent, Professor Buccafusco
taught for a year as a visiting faculty member at the University of Illinois College of
Law. 

Law & Psychology

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Well-Being Analysis vs. Cost-Benefit Analysis (symposium) (with J. Bronsteen & J. Masur), Duke Law Journal (2013)

Cost-benefit analysis is the primary tool used by policymakers to inform administrative decisionmaking. Yet its...

 

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Retribution and the Experience of Punishment (with J. Bronsteen and J. Masur), California Law Review (2010)

In a prior article, we argued that punishment theorists need to take into account the...

 

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Valuing Intellectual Property: An Experiment (with C. Sprigman), Cornell Law Review (2010)

In this article we report on the results of an experiment we performed to determine...

 

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Welfare as Happiness (with J. Bronsteen & J. Masur), Georgetown Law Journal (2010)

Perhaps the most important goal of law and policy is improving people’s lives. But what...

 

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Happiness and Punishment (with J. Bronsteen & J. Masur), University of Chicago Law Review (2009)

This article continues our project to apply groundbreaking new literature on the behavioral psychology of...

 

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Innovation and Incarceration: An Economic Analysis of Criminal Intellectual Property Law (with J. Masur), Southern California Law Review (2014)

The scope and enforcement of intellectual property (IP) laws are becoming salient, for the first...

 

Intellectual Property

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Innovation and Incarceration: An Economic Analysis of Criminal Intellectual Property Law (with J. Masur), Southern California Law Review (2014)

The scope and enforcement of intellectual property (IP) laws are becoming salient, for the first...

 

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Do Bad Things Happen When Works Enter the Public Domain?: Empirical Tests of Copyright Term Extension (with P. Heald), Berkeley Technology Law Journal (2012)

The international debate over copyright term extension for existing works turns on the validity of...

 

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Making Sense of Intellectual Property Law, Cornell Law Review (2012)

Intellectual property (IP) scholars have long struggled to explain the boundaries of and differences between...