William H. J. Hubbard’s current research primarily involves economic analysis of litigation, courts, and civil procedure. His recent working paper, “The Problem of Measuring Legal Change, with Application to Bell Atlantic v. Twombly,” asks the question: When the Supreme Court announces a new legal rule, does this actually change how trial courts decide cases? In this paper, he develops a method of measuring the effect of a new rule on case outcomes that accounts for changes in the composition of filed cases over time and finds that this landmark civil procedure decision has had virtually no effect on how district court judges decide cases in federal court.
Hubbard’s other research interests include family, education, and labor economics. His recent publications include “The Phantom Gender Difference in the College Wage Premium” and “Explaining the Worldwide Boom in Higher Education of Women.”
Hubbard received his JD with high honors in 2000 from the University of Chicago Law School, where he was executive editor of the Law Review. He clerked for the Honorable Patrick E. Higginbotham of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. From 2001 to 2006, he practiced law as a litigation associate at Mayer Brown LLP in Chicago, where he specialized in commercial litigation, electronic discovery, and appellate practice. From 2006 to 2011, he completed the PhD program in economics at the University of Chicago. Before joining the faculty in 2011, he was a Kauffman Legal Research Fellow and Lecturer in Law at the Law School.
Hubbard joined the University of Chicago faculty in 2011.