Dr. Claudia Landeo is an Associate Professor of Economics at the Department of Economics of the University of Alberta. She received her Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Pittsburgh in 2002, where she was the recipient of the Andrew W. Mellon Award and the Reuben E. Slesinger Research Award. In 2011-2012, Professor Landeo served as Senior Research Scholar in Law at Yale Law School. In 2012, she served as Senior Research Scholar in Law at Harvard Law School. Dr. Landeo has also served as Visiting Associate Professor of Law at Northwestern University School of Law, as Research Scholar in Law and Economics at Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management, and as Visiting Associate Professor of Economics and Research Scholar in Behavioral Law and Economics at Carnegie Mellon University John H. Heinz School. Professor Landeo's work has been published in top economics journals such as The American Economic Review, Games and Economic Behavior, and The RAND Journal of Economics, and leading law journals such as The Yale Journal on Regulation and The University of Chicago Law Review. Her research has been funded by major granting agencies such as the Russell Sage Foundation and the National Science Foundation.

Professor Landeo's research is conducted at the interface between the Economic Analysis of Law and Industrial Organization. She applies game-theoretic modeling, experimental economics methods, and legal analysis to the assessment and design of market and legal institutions. Her theoretical work on the economic analysis of legal disputes, published in Games and Economic Behavior in 2018, generalizes seminal economic models of litigation, presents the first formal definition of "access to justice," and provides methodological contributions to the economic analysis of law. She presented the findings from this study at the NBER Summer Institute in Law and Economics in July 2016. Professor Landeo discussed her recent theoretical and experimental work on law enforcement with ordered leniency at the NBER Summer Institute in Law and Economics in July 2018. Dr. Landeo has also studied the efficiency properties of bargaining institutions in legal settings including partnership dissolution provisions and pretrial bargaining mechanisms. In addition, her work has provided insights about the use of vertical restraints by incumbent monopolists to exclude potential entrants, and the design of incentive contracts for teams. Professor Landeo is currently working on the design of optimal law enforcement mechanisms for long-term illegal activities, the design of optimal legal systems, and debiasing through law mechanisms.


Economic Analysis of Law

Industrial Organization

Game Theory

Experimental and Behavioral Economics


"Financially-Constrained Lawyers: An Economic Theory of Legal Disputes" (with Maxim Nikitin). 2018. Games and Economic Behavior, 109, pp. 625-647

"Exclusionary Vertical Restraints and Antitrust: Experimental Law and Economics Contributions." 2018. Chapter 3. In Kathryn Zeiler and Joshua Teitelbaum, eds., The Research Handbook on Behavioral Law and Economics, Edward Elgar Publishing

"Naked Exclusion: An Experimental Study of Contracts with Externalities" (with Kathryn Spier). 2009. The American Economic Review, 99, pp. 1850-1877

"Settlement Escrows: An Experimental Study of a Bilateral Bargaining Game" (with Linda Babcock). 2004. The Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 53, pp. 401-417

"Trigger Happy or Gun Shy: Dissolving Common-Value Partnerships with Texas Shootouts" (with Richard Brooks and Kathryn Spier). 2010. The RAND Journal of Economics, 41, pp. 649-673

"Deterrence, Lawsuits and Litigation Outcomes under Court Errors" (with Maxim Nikitin and Scott Baker). 2007. The Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization, 23, pp. 57-97

"Shotguns and Deadlocks" (with Kathryn Spier). 2014. The Yale Journal on Regulation, 31, pp. 143-187

"Irreconcilable Differences: Judicial Resolution of Business Deadlock" (with Kathryn Spier). 2014. The University of Chicago Law Review, 81, pp. 203-229


"Optimal Law Enforcement with Ordered Leniency" (with Kathryn Spier). 2018. NBER Working Paper No. w25095

"Ordered Leniency: An Experimental Study of Law Enforcement with Self-Reporting" (with Kathryn Spier). 2018. NBER Working Paper No. w25094