Eric Helland

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Adjunct Economist
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, in the Institute for Civil Justice, and the William F. Podlich Professor of Economics and George R. Roberts Fellow at Claremont McKenna College. He is the author of over 50 books and articles on topics in law and economics ranging from bounty hunters to judicial elections. His current research focuses on pharmaceutical and patent litigation, securities litigation, auto safety and medical malpractice. In 2002-2003 he 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 President George W. Bush’s Council of Economic Advisers. In 2008 he was a visiting professor of law at the University of California Los Angeles and in 2011-12 a visiting scholar at the Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics at USC. He is a co-editor of the International Review of Law and Economics

His articles have appeared in such scholarly journals as the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Journal of Regulatory Economics, Journal of Legal Studies, American Law and Economics Review, Land Economics, Journal of Law, Economics and Organization, Contemporary Economic Policy, Journal of Law and Economics, Economic Inquiry, and Review of Economics and Statistics.

Helland holds a Ph.D. in economics from Washington University in St. Louis.

Recent Projects

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

Selected Publications

Eric A. Helland, "“The Role of Ideology in Judicial Evaluations of Experts,” Journal of Law and Economics.," Journal of Law and Economics (forthcoming)

Eric A. Helland and with Paul Heaton, " “Does It Matter Who Pays for Auto Injuries?" ," Journal of Risk and Insurance, 2018

Eric A. Helland and Jon Klick, "“Medicare Secondary Payer and Settlement Delay”," Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, 15(2), 2018

Eric A. Helland and Jungmo Yoon, "“Multi-Level Selection in Litigation Data: A Bounds Approach”," Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics. (JITE), 174(1), 2018

Eric Helland, Daniel Klerman and Yoon-Ho Alex Lee, "“Maybe There’s No Selection of Disputes for Litigation”," Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics (JITE), 174(1), 2018

Eric A. Helland, Daniel Klerman, Brendan Dowling, and Alexander Kappner, "“Contingent Fee Litigation in New York City”," Vanderbilt Law Review, (6), 2017

Eric A. Helland and Jungmo Yoon, "“Estimating Effects of English Rule on Litigation Outcomes”," Review of Economics and Statistics, 99(4), 2017