Supreme Court Economic Review Call for Papers: Economics of Criminal Procedure, Punishment, and their Consequences

Conference dates

26 Mar 2020 - 27 Mar 2020


Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University, Arlington, VA


The Supreme Court Economic Review (SCER) solicits article submissions for a Roundtable on the Economics of Criminal Procedure, Punishment, and Their Consequences to be held on March 26-27, 2020 at Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University in Arlington, Virginia. The Roundtable will feature a keynote speech by Professor Mitchell Polinsky and will consist of discussions of accepted articles within a small group of law and economics scholars who are experts in the economic analysis of crime.

All submissions will go through SCER’s normal peer review process, and accepted papers will be published in a special issue of the Supreme Court Economic Review. The editor of the special issue (Murat Mungan) will also invite a discussant to for each article, and the discussant’s comment will also be published in the special issue. SCER will reimburse reasonable travel and accommodation costs incurred by authors and discussants participating in the Roundtable. The deadline for submission is December 20, 2019. However, the editors will consider submissions on a rolling basis, and, therefore, the review process may end prior to this date.

There are both political efforts and popular demand to reform the criminal justice system in the United States. Many debates regarding criminal justice reform center around issues related to the negative consequences associated with imprisonment, and the barriers faced by ex-convicts in re-integrating to society as productive individuals. Economic analyses of criminal procedures and recidivism have been successful in identifying important trade-offs that criminal justice policies can be designed to balance. The objective of this roundtable is to facilitate further discussion of relevant dynamics generated by criminal punishment and processes preceding punishment, including, pre-trial detention; bail setting; arrests; and plea-bargaining. SCER is seeking submissions that contribute to our understanding of criminal procedures and punishment. Contributions may include theoretical or empirical analyses that rigorously apply the law and economics methodology. To submit an article, please visit our electronic submission site at and follow the instructions. (Please select “SI: Criminal Procedure, Punishment, and Their Consequences” as article type when prompted.) If you have any questions please contact our editorial team at