Stephen Spurr

Stephen Spurr

Professor of economics


313-577-9564 (fax)

2115 FAB

Curriculum vitae



Stephen Spurr

Research interest(s)/area of expertise

 labor economics and economic analysis of law


  • Ph.D. in Economics; 1986; University of Chicago
  • LL.M. in Taxation; 1972; New York University
  • J.D.; 1969; University of Michigan Law School
  • A.B.; 1966; Oberlin College

Selected publications

Chapters and books

  • Essay on “Collateral Estoppel,” for The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics and the Law (London: Macmillan, 1996)
  • Economic Foundations of Law (Mason, Ohio: Southwestern/Thomson Learning, 2006)
  • Economic Foundations of Law, 2nd ed. (London: Routledge Press, 2010)
  • Economic Foundations of Law, 3nd ed. (London: Routledge Press, 2019)

Articles in refereed journals

  • "How the Market Solves an Assignment Problem: The Matching of Lawyers with Legal Claims," 5 Journal of Labor Economics 502-532 (October 1987)
  • "A Theoretical and Empirical Analysis of Referral Practices Among Lawyers," 13 Law and Social Inquiry 87-109 (1988)
  • "Sex Discrimination in the Legal Profession: A Study of Promotion," 43 Industrial and Labor Relations Review 406-417 (April 1990)
  • "An Economic Analysis of Collateral Estoppel," 11 International Review of Law and Economics 151-165 (June 1991)
  • "The Impact of Advertising and Other Factors on Referral Practices, with Special Reference to Lawyers," 21 RAND Journal of Economics 235-246 (Summer 1990)
  • "Tax Rates, Tax Compliance, and the Reporting of Long-Term Capital Gains," (Steven Klepper, Daniel Nagin and Stephen Spurr), 46 Public Finance 236-251 (1991)
  • "Alcoholic Beverage Server Liability and the Reduction of Alcohol-Involved Problems," (Harold D. Holder, Kathleen Janes, James Mosher, Robert Saltz, Stephen J. Spurr, and Alexander C. Wagenaar), 54(1) Journal of Studies on Alcohol 23-36 (January 1993)
  • "The Proposed Market for Human Organs," 18(1) Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law 189-202 (1993)
  • "Turnover and Promotion of Lawyers: An Inquiry into Gender Differences," (Stephen J. Spurr and Glenn T. Sueyoshi), 29(3) Journal of Human Resources 813-842 (1994)
  • "The Shortage of Transplantable Organs: An Analysis and a Proposal," 15(4) Law & Policy 355-395 (1993)
  • "The Effect of Performance on a Worker's Career: Evidence from Minor-League Baseball," (Stephen J. Spurr and William Barber), 47(4) Industrial and Labor Relations Review 692-708 (1994)
  • "Medical Malpractice in Michigan: An Economic Analysis," (Stephen J. Spurr and Walter Simmons), 21(2) Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law 315-346 (Summer 1996)
  • "The Duration of Litigation," 19(3) Law & Policy 285-315 (July 1997)
  • "The Duration of Personal Injury Litigation," 19 Research in Law and Economics 223-246 (Greenwich, Conn.: JAI/Elsevier, 2000)
  • “Physicians and the Risk of Medical Malpractice: The Role of Prior Litigation in Predicting the Future,” (Gail A. Jensen, Stephen J. Spurr, Derek A. Weycker and Maria Bulycheva), 39(3) Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance 267-289 (1999)
  •  “The Role of Nonbinding Alternative Dispute Resolution in Litigation,” 42(1) Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization 75-96 (May 2000)
  • “The Baseball Draft: A Study of the Ability to Find Talent,” 1(1) Journal of Sports Economics 66-85 (February 2000)
  • “The Effect of Care Quality on Medical Malpractice Litigation,” (Stephen J. Spurr and Sandra Howze), 41 Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance 491-513 (2001)
  • “The Future of Capital Punishment: Determinants of the Time from Death Sentence to Execution,” 22(1) International Review of Law and Economics 1-23 (July 2002)
  • “AIDS and the Market for Nurses,” David E. Kalist and Stephen J. Spurr, 23 Research in Labor Economics 185-214 (2004)
  • “Estimating Episode Lengths When Some Observations Are Probably Censored," Allen C. Goodman, Janet R. Hankin, David E. Kalist, Yingwei Peng, and Stephen J. Spurr, 23(13) Statistics in Medicine 2071-2087 (July 15, 2004)
  • “The Effect of State Laws on the Supply of Advanced Practice Nurses,” David E. Kalist and Stephen J. Spurr, 4 International Journal of Health Care Finance and Economics 271-281 (2004)
  • “The Practice Boundaries of Advanced Practice Nurses: An Economic and Legal Analysis,” Michael J. Dueker, Ada K. Jacox, David E. Kalist and Stephen J. Spurr, 27(3) Journal of Regulatory Economics 309-330 (2005)
  • “Baseball Errors,” David E. Kalist and Stephen J. Spurr (2006) "Baseball Errors," Journal of Quantitative Analysis in Sports: Vol. 2: No. 4, Article 3. Available at:
  • "Lesser Included Offenses," Ram Orzach and Stephen J. Spurr, 28(4) International Review of Law and Economics 239-245 (December 2008)
  • “Immigration and Nurses,” David Kalist, Stephen J. Spurr and Tatsuma Wada, 49(3) Industrial Relations 406-428 (July 2010)
  • “Cooperation and Conflict between Very Similar Occupations: The Case of Anesthesia,” David E. Kalist, Noelle A. Molinari, and Stephen J. Spurr, 6(2) Health Economics, Policy & Law 237-264 (2011)
  • “The Effects of a Statute (BAPCPA) Designed to Make it More Difficult For People to File for Bankruptcy,” Stephen J. Spurr and Kevin Ball, 87(1) American Bankruptcy Law Journal 27-50 (2013)
  • “The Effect of Medical Malpractice Liability on Rate of Referrals Received by Specialist Physicians,” Xiao Xu, Stephen J. Spurr, Bin Nan, and A. Mark Fendrick, 8(4) Health Economics, Policy & Law 453-475 (October 2013)
  • “Predicting Recidivism of Juvenile Offenders,” David E. Kalist, Daniel Y. Lee, and Stephen J. Spurr, 15(1) The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy 329-351 (January 2015)
  • “The Growth of Subrogation and the Future of Personal Injury Litigation,” 36(6) Journal of Insurance Regulation 1-26 (2017)
  • “The Effects of Subrogation on Personal Injury Litigation and Deterrence of Tortfeasors,” 54(3) Tort, Trial & Insurance Practice Law Journal 867-882 (2019)
  • “Subrogation and its Consequences for Tort Litigation,” forthcoming in International Review of Law and Economics, in press, acceptance letter dated June 8, 2021

Courses taught by Stephen Spurr

Fall Term 2023

Fall Term 2022

Winter Term 2022