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Expert on economics and the law lectures Feb. 20 at UI

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A University of California law professor who is a noted expert on the economic analysis of the law will present a public lecture at 12:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20 at the University of Iowa College of Law.

Robert Cooter, who holds the Herman F. Selvin Chair at the School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley, will present the talk, "Models of Morality in Law and Economics:

Self-Control and Self-Improvement for the 'Bad Man' of Holmes," in Room 275 of the Boyd Law Building.

The lecture is free and open the public. Cooter's visit is sponsored by the Ida Cordelia Beam Visiting Professor Program, the UI College of Law, and the UI department of economics.

Cooter also will meet with faculty and students in the law school and in the departments of economics and anthropology during his visit. The title of his Ida Beam lecture refers to an approach to studying the law first proposed by famed U.S. Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. at the turn of the century.

Cooter is a nationally recognized expert on the economic analysis of law, publishing widely in the field. His books include "Law and Economics" (co-author, 1987) and "The Payment System" (co-author, 1989).

He also is a recognized scholar on legal systems of indigenous peoples.

Cooter holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from Swarthmore College and bachelor's degree from Oxford University in philosophy, politics and economies. He earned his doctorate in economics from Harvard University.

He has taught at Berkeley since 1975, first in the department of economics in 1975 and joined the law faculty in 1980.

Ida Cordelia Beam, a native of Vinton, Iowa, willed her farm to the UI in 1977. Her only university connection was a relative who graduated from the College of Medicine. With the proceeds from the sale of the farm, the UI established a fund to bring top scholars in a variety of disciplines to the campus for lectures and discussions.