Eric Helland

Adjunct Staff
Santa Monica Office


Ph.D. in economics, Washington University, St. Louis

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Eric Helland is an adjunct economist at the RAND Corporation whose research focuses on law, economics, and regulation. His recent work has been on expert witness testimony, securities litigation, auto safety, and medical malpractice. He is working on a study on the impact of judicial pay on judicial quality and the impact of the Class Action Fairness Act. Before joining RAND in 2004, Helland was a visiting fellow at the Stigler Center for the Study of the Economy and the State at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. In 2003–04, he served as a senior economist on the Council of Economic Advisers. He serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Regulatory Economics. He received his Ph.D. in economics from Washington University, St. Louis.

Recent Projects

  • Insurance class actions
  • Medical malpractice
  • Physician labor supply
  • Expert evidence

Selected Publications

Eric A. Helland, Mark Showalter, "The Impact of Liability on the Physician Labor Market," Journal of Law and Economics, 52(4), 2009

Eric A. Helland, Yaron Raviv, "The optimal jury size when jury deliberation follows a random walk," Public Choice, 134(3-4):255-262, 2008

Eric A. Helland, Jon Klick, "The Tradeoffs between Regulation and Class Actions: Evidence from Insurance Litigation," Journal of Tort Law, 1(3), 2008

Jonathan Klick, "Court Congestion as an Explanation for Rising Attorney Fees," Journal of Legal Studies, 36(1):17-Jan, 2007

with Alex Tabarrok, "Does Three Strikes Deter? A Non-Parametric Estimation," Journal of Human Resources, 22:309-330, 2007

Eric A. Helland, Janet Smith, and Bill Brown, "Is Corporate Philanthropy an Agency Cost?" Journal of Corporate Finance, 12:855-877, 2006

Eric Helland, "Reputational Penalties and the Merits of Class Action Securities Litigation," Journal of Law and Economics, 49(2):365-395, 2006

Jonathan Klick and Alex Tabarrok, "Data Watch: Tort-uring the Data," Journal of Economic Perspectives, 19(2):207-220, 2005