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About John Donohue

John J. Donohue III is the C. Wendell and Edith M. Carlsmith Professor of Law at Stanford Law School, and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He is an economist/lawyer who has used large-scale statistical studies to estimate the impact of law and public policy in a wide range of areas from civil rights and employment discrimination law to school funding and crime control. Before returning to Stanford Law School for the Fall Term of 2010, Donohue was the Leighton Homer Surbeck Professor of Law at Yale Law School. Prior to going to Yale, he was a chaired professor first at Northwestern Law School and then at Stanford Law School (during his first stint from 1995-2004). He recently co-authored (with George Rutherglen) Employment Discrimination: Law and Theory. Among his major articles are: Uses and Abuses of Empirical Evidence in the Death Penalty Debate (with Justin Wolfers), Shooting Down the ‘More Guns, Less Crime’ Hypothesis (with Ian Ayres), and The Impact of Legalized Abortion on Crime (with Steven Levitt). Professor Donohue is a graduate of Hamilton College and he received his J.D. from Harvard and a Ph.D. in economics from Yale. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2009.


Present Faculty Member, Stanford University
Present C. Wendell and Edith M. Carlsmith Professor of Law, Stanford Law School

Curriculum Vitae


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  • Empirical Law and Economics
  • Law, Economics and Organization
  • Torts I

Contact Information

Stanford Law School
Stanford, CA 94305

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