Prosecution: A Workshop for Practitioners and Researchers

The Computational Justice Lab in conjunction with the Center for the Economic Analysis of Risk, Center for Justice Research, Center for Growth and Opportunity, and the Institute for Justice Research and Development are pleased to host a two-day workshop for prosecutors and researchers on January 26-27, 2022 in Santa Barbara, CA. Prosecution has received considerable attention in recent years, resulting in new and innovative ways that prosecutor’s offices have addressed growing public concerns, especially as they relate to the risks associated with prosecutor conduct on community safety. However, careful evaluation of prosecutor efforts is slowly occurring, and our comprehension of such efforts remains limited.

This workshop aims to bring together practitioners and researchers to discuss the successes and struggles in various prosecutors’ offices, research related to prosecution, and opportunities to enhance collaborative opportunities between the research community and prosecutor’s offices. The two days will be evenly split between practitioners and researchers so that both groups can learn the opportunities and needs of the other. The workshop will also host a graduate student poster presentation, so please encourage graduate students working in this space to apply to this invite-only event. If you would like to attend or have questions, please contact us at

The CJL will be hosting the 6th causal inference and machine learning workshop at CGU December 12-13, 2019. The workshop will bring together graduate students from across the country to be taught by Dr. Scott Cunningham, Dr. Greg DeAngelo and Dr. Hisam Sabouni. Additionally, students will present aspects of their theses to panels of faculty members, including Dr. Eric Helland and Dr. Dave Bjerk.

Causal Inference and Machine Learning Workshop

Endogenous Rules, Risk & Legal Institutions Workshop

The first Endogenous Rules, Risk & Legal Institutions Workshop will be hosted this year on February 21-22, 2020 at Claremont Graduate University. The workshop will run from 9:00am – 5:00pm on February 21 and 9:00am – 2:00pm on February 22, as well as a group dinner on February 21.

Workshop Description

Although societies, groups and organizations often deliberate over and develop sets of laws and rules, the application of these rules often differ from what is codified. This is particularly true for legal institutions where legal precedent, norms and extra-legal pressures can result in legal actors developing informal sets of rules or procedures. Such endogenous rules and legal institutions are used in carrying out everyday tasks in the criminal justice system. The evolution of these rules or heuristics can have a considerable impact on legal outcomes, but can be difficult to discern without deep knowledge of the incentives faced by the relevant decision-makers. Examples of such rules include:

  • The relationship between bail decisions and prior criminal behavior
  • Pre-screening for individuals admitted into diversionary programs
  • The pressures on and promises of elected positions to change existing practices
  • Plea bargaining through the lens of the Courtroom Workgroup
  • The role of collaborative courts in reducing recidivism
  • The response of local-level criminal justice actors to imposed higher-level policies

The goal of this workshop is to showcase recent contributions that enhance our understanding of endogenous rules within legal institutions. By design, we want the workshop to be interdisciplinary and open to any methodological approach. You can find out more information about the workshop and program here. If you would like to attend or have questions, please contact us at

This year marks the tenth anniversary of Elinor Ostrom receiving the Nobel Prize in economics, along with Oliver E. Williamson, “for her analysis of economic governance, especially the commons.” In her work, Ostrom demonstrated, contrary to conventional thinking, that communities can self-organize. Examining dozens of real-world arrangements, Ostrom showed how diverse organizations and rules devised by community members help them avoid tragic outcomes without any regulation by state authorities or privatization. Her findings from the field and laboratory experiments challenged the core assumptions of microeconomics, as well as those of political economists. Moreover, this work has been seminal in generating new, innovative research. The aim of this special issue is to highlight advancements in spontaneous order and governance. We invite submissions that investigate the existence of multiple forms of governance for collective action from a behavioral perspective (empirically or theoretically). We particularly welcome original experimental work that takes a comparative perspective on self-governance. The special issue will appear in Constitutional Political Economy.

The submission deadline is March 1, 2020.

To be considered for publication in the special issue, please submit your manuscript online via Constitutional Political Economy’s online submission and editorial system, and select article type “Behavioral Approaches to Economic Governance”.

Special issue editors: Gregory DeAngelo (Claremont Graduate University) and Rustam Romaniuc (Claremont Graduate University). Should you have any questions, please contact Greg DeAngelo ( or Rustam Romaniuc ( about the substance of the special issue.

Special Issue of Constitutional Political Economy on Behavioral Approaches to Economic Governance

Behavioral and Experimental Public Choice Workshop

The aim of the Behavioral and Experimental Public Choice Workshop is to unite researchers working across disciplines in order to discuss how the experimental method and behavioral insights can improve our understanding of a variety of public choice and collective decision-making topics.

Workshop organizers: Marina Agranov (California Institute of Technology), Gregory DeAngelo (CJL, Claremont Graduate University), Glenn Harrison (CEAR, Georgia State University), and Rustam Romaniuc (CJL, Claremont Graduate University)

Keynote speakers:

  • Thomas Palfrey, Flintridge Foundation Professor of Economics and Political Science, California Institute of Technology
  • Leeat Yariv, Uwe E. Reinhardt Professor of Economics, Princeton University



Important dates

  • Submission deadline: December 15, 2019
  • Authors notified by January 15, 2020
  • Workshop begins: April 1, 2020