Prof. Yuval Feldman

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Short Biography

Yuval Feldman is The Mori Lazarof professor of legal research at Bar-Ilan University Faculty of Law and Associate Dean for Research. He obtained his Ph.D. ( Jurisprudence and Social Policy) from the UC Berkeley in 2004 after receiving his L.L.B. and B.A (Psychology) from Bar-Ilan University (1998) and clerking for the Israeli supreme court Justice Tova Stresberg-Cohen

His areas of research include Behavioral Analysis of Law, Experimental Law and Economics, Ethical Decision-Making, Regulatory Impact and Social Norms, Compliance, Formal and Non-Formal Enforcement Strategies. From 2011 to 2013, he was a fellow in the Edmond J. Safra Institutional Corruption Lab at Harvard Law School and the Implicit Social Cognition Lab in Harvard Psychology. Since 2014 He is a Senior Fellow at the Israel Democracy Institute. He has been advising various governmental bodies on behavioral and experimental informed policies in areas related to corruption, regulatory design, public cooperation and enforcement.

Between 2016-20 he served as a member of Israel’s Young Academy.

Feldman has received various national fellowships including Rothschild, Fulbright, Alon, and awards such as Zeltner ( 2008 Young)  Chesin ( 2019 Senior researcher) Bruno award (2020) and Fatal Award (2021)  as well as more than 25 competitive research grants from foundations such as Olin, GIF, Marie Currie, ISF, IIAS.

In 2022 He Won a 2.5 Milion Euro ERC Advanced grant on  Generating Voluntary Compliance Across Doctrines and Nations: Integrating Behavioural & Regulatory Aspects of Governments’ Ability to Trust the Public’s Cooperation, Ethicality  & Compliance

He has co-authored more than 65 papers in some of the leading journals in law, management and psychology . He is on the editorial board of Regulation and Governance, Law & Policy and European Journal of Law & Economics and among the founders of ComplianceNet an interdisciplinary and global network of compliance researchers.  His first book: The Law of Good People,  was published in Cambridge University Press in June 2018. His second book “Can the Public be trusted” is expected in 2023 in CUP

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Behavioral Analysis of Law, Experimental Law and Economics, Ethical Decision-Making, Regulatory Impact and Social Norms, Compliance, Formal and Non-Formal Enforcement Strategies.



The Law of Good People: Challenging States’ Ability to Regulate Human Behavior (Cambridge University Press 2018)


  1. Honesty Pledges for the Behaviorally-based Regulation of Dishonesty  ) with Eyal Pe’er) forthcoming  J. of European Public Policy (2021)
  2. Ethical Blind Spots & Regulatory Traps: On Distorted Regulatory Incentives, Behavioral Ethics & Legal Design (with Yotam Kaplan) forthcoming Advances in  Law & Economics (2021)
  3. Corporate law for Good People (with Adi Libson and Gideon Parchomovsky) forthcoming 115 Northwestern Law Review 1125 (2021)
  4. Law and Preferences: A Behavioral Ethics Approach (with  Yotam Kaplan) forthcoming in Theoretical Inquiries in Law (2021)
  5. The Law of Good People—Book Symposium: Reply to Comments and Criticism Jerusalem Review of Legal Studies, Volume 22, Issue 1, (2020)
  6. Motsenok, M., Steiner, T., Netzer, L., Feldman, Y., & Sulitzeanu-Kenan, R. (Forthcoming). The slippery slope of rights-restricting temporary measures: An Experimental Analysis. Behavioural Public Policy. 2020
  7. Which nudges do businesses like? Managers' attitudes towards nudges directed at their business or at their customers (with Ariel Tikotski & Eyal Pe’er)
    Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization (2020)

  8. The Ethical Perils of Personal, Communal Relations: A Language Perspective (with Maryam Koachaki and Francesca Gino) Psychological Science (2020)
  9. Bounded Ethicality and Big Data (with Yotam Kaplan) Cornell J. of Law & Public Policy. (2020)
  10. Poor Consumer(s) Law: The Case of High-Cost Credit and Payday Loans (with Shmuel Becher & Orly Lobel) in Legal Applications of Marketing Theory, )Jacob Gersen & Joel Steckel, eds., Cambridge University Press, 2020).
  11. Do Minorities like Nudges, J. of Behavioral Decision Making 2019 (with Eyal Pe’er, Eyal Gamliel, Ariel Tikotsky)
  12. Behavioral ethics as compliance in the Cambridge handbook of compliance (Sokel and van Rooij eds, 2019) (with Yotam Kaplan)
  13. The Provocative effect of Law: Majority Nationalism and Minority Discrimination, 15(4) J. of Empirical Legal Studies (forthcoming, 2018) (with Netta Barak-Coren and Noam Gidron)
  14. Adjusting legal Standards, European J. of Law & Economics (2018) (with Shay N. Lavie and Tal Ganor)
  15. Curbing Organizational Corruption: to Reduce Misconduct, add Behavioral Ethics to your Toolbox, Behavioral Science and Policy Special Volume on Corruption (2018)
  16. Regulating Good People in Subtle Conflict of Interest Situations, J. of Business Ethics  (2017) (with Eliran Halali)
  17. Justice and Ethics White Paper Combatting Biased Decision Making and Promoting Justice and Equal Treatment, Behavioral Science & Policy (2017) (with Sah, S., Tannenbaum, D., Cleary, H., Glaser, J., Lerman, A., MacCoun, R., Maguire, E., Slovic, P., Spellman, B., Spohn, C., Winship, C.)
  18. An Experimental Analysis of the Effect of Good Faith, Legal Specificity and Probability of Sanctioning on Compliance and Performance, Regulation and Governance (2017) (With Henry Smith and Constantine Boussalis)
  1. Formal and Social Enforcement in Response to Individual vs. Corporate Transgressions, J. Empirical Legal Studies (2016) (with Uriel Haran and Doron Teichman)
  2. Rule Orientation and Behavior: Development and Validation of a Scale Measuring Individual Acceptance of Rule Violation forthcoming, Psychology, Public Policy & Law ( 2017) (with Adam Fine, Benjamin Von Rooij, Shaul Shavlie and Elizabeth Cauffman)
  3. Non Verbal Market Manipulation and Consumer Protection Law, Cardozo Law Review (2017) (with Shmuel Becher)
  4. Anchoring Legal Standards, J. Empirical Legal Studies (2016) (with Doron  Teichman and Amos Schur)
  5. Blinding the Law: The Potential Virtue of Legal Uncertainty (With Shahar Lifshits). In: Robertson, C.T., Kesselheim, A.S. (Eds.), Blinding as a Solution to Bias: Strengthening Biomedical Science, Forensic Science, and Law, Academic Press, 345-361. (2016)
  6.  A Call for an Integrative Understanding of the Mechanisms Generating Employment Discrimination, Law & Ethics of Human Rights (2015) (with Tamar Kricheli-Katz).
  7. Behavioral Trade-Off, in Nudging and the Law, in What Can EU Law Learn From Behavioural Sciences? (Alberto Alemanno and Anne-Lise Sibony Eds., Hart Publishing, 2015) (with Orly Lobel).
  8. Commonsense Morality and the Ethics of Killing in War: An Experimental Survey of the Israeli Populatio, Law& Ethics of Human Rights (2015) (with Itschak Benbaji and Amir Falk). 
  9. Behavioral ethics meets behavioral law and economics, in Handbook of Behavioral Law and Economics (Eyal Zamir and Doron Teichman Eds. Oxford University Press, 2014).
  10. Behavioral Equity, 170(1) Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics 137 (2014) (with Henry Smith).
  11. Curbing Misconducts in the Pharmaceutical Industry: Insights from Behavioral Ethics and the Behavioral Approach to Law, 40 J. Law, Medicine & Ethics 620 (2013) (with Rebecca Gauthier & Troy Schuller).
  12. Reference Points and Contract Interpretation: An Experimental Examination,10(3) J. Empirical Legal Studies 512 (2013) (with  Amos Schurr & Doron Teichman). 
  13. Individuals as Enforcers: the Design of Employee Reporting Systems, in Explaining Regulatory Compliance: Business Responses to Legal, Voluntary and Transnational Regulation 263 (Elgar Press 2012) (with Orly Lobel).
  14. Law and Economics of Employment law, Handbook of Law & Economics in Israel  (2012) (with Orly Lobel and Lilach Luria).
  15. Mandated Justice: The potential promise and possible pitfalls of mandating procedural justiceRegulation and Governance (2012) (with Tom Tyler).
  16. Motivating Environmental Action in a Pluralistic Regulatory Environment, Law & Society Review (2012) (with Oren Perez).
  17. Are all Contractual Obligations Created Equal, 100 The Georgetown Law Journal 5 (2011) (with Doron Teichman).
  18. Behind the veil of Legal Uncertainty, 74 J. Law and Contemporary Problems (2011) (with Shachar Lifshitz).
  19. The Complexity of Disentangling Intrinsic and Extrinsic Compliance Motivations: Theoretical and Empirical Insights from the Behavioral Analysis of Law, 11 Wash U J. of Law and Policy [Symposium --For Love or Money] (2011).
  20. Toward a Behaviorally Responsive Regulation, Handbook of Regulation (Elgar Press 2011).
  21. What Do Workers Really Want, 15 (1) Employee Rights & Employment Policy Journal (2011) (with Amir Falk and Miri Katz).
  22. Law and Psychology: Some Thoughts on the Future of the Field, 12 Law & Business 267 (2010).
  23. The Incentives Matrix:  The Comparative Effectiveness of Rewards, Liabilities, Duties and Protections for Reporting Illegality, 87 Texas Law Review (2010) (With Orly Lobel).
  24. Are all Legal Probabilities Created Equal, 84(4) NYU  Law Review 980 (2009) (with Doron Teichman).
  25. Ex Ante vs. Ex-Post: Optimizing State Intervention in Exploitive Triangular Employment Relationship, 30(4) Comparative Labor Law and Society 751 (2009).
  26. How Law Changes the Environmental Mind: An Experimental Study of the Effect of Legal Norms on Moral Perceptions and Civic Enforcement , 36(4) J. Law & Society 501 (2009) (With Oren Perez).
  27. The Expressive Function of the Trade Secret Law: Legality, Cost, Intrinsic Motivation and Consensus, 6(1) Journal of Empirical Legal Studies 177, (2009).
  28. The Misperception of Norms: The Psychology of Bias and the Economics of Equilibrium, 4(3) Review of Law & Economics (2009) (with Robert D. Cooter and Michal Feldman). 
  29. Are all Legal Dollars Created Equal, 102(1) Northwestern University Law Review (2008) (with Doron Teichman).
  30. Behavioral versus Institutional Antecedents of Decentralized Enforcement: An Experimental Approach, 2(2) Regulation & Governance 165 (2008) (with Orly Lobel). 
  31. Social Norms, Self-Interest and Ambiguity: An Experimental Analysis of the Rule vs. Standard Dilemma, 4(1) Review of Law & Economics (2008) (with Alon Harel).
  32. File Sharing Law and Norms, 43 San Diego Law Review 577 (2006) (with Janice Nadler).
  33. The Behavioral Foundations of Trade Secrets: Tangibility, Authorship and Legality, 3(2) Journal of Empirical Legal Studies 197 (2006).
  34. Some Well-Aged Wines for the "New Norm" Bottles , Implications of Social Psychology to Law and Economics, The Law and Economics of Irrational Behavior  (Francesco Parisi and Vernon Smith (eds.), Stanford University Press 2005) (with Robert J. MacCoun).
  35. An Experimental Approach to the Study of Normative Failures: Divulging of Trade Secrets by Silicon Valley Employees, Journal of Law, Technology and Policy 105 (2003).
  36. An Experimental Approach to the Study of Social Norms: The Distribution of Intellectual Property in the Workplace, 10 Journal of Intellectual Property Law 59 (2002).
  37. Symposium: The Varieties Of Therapeutic Experience Excerpts From The Second International Conference On Therapeutic Jurisprudence: Control or Security: A Therapeutic Approach To The Freedom Of Contract, 18 Touro L. Rev. 503 (2002).


Hebrew Publications

  1. Behavioral Ethics and the meaning of Oaths in the Babylonian Talmud (in Hebrew with Guy Friver and Liav Feldman)  Forthcoming Sefer Menhem) 2020
  2. The Regulation of Recycling in Israel: An Empirical Study of the Demographic and Behavioral Aspects of Recycling Policy, 29(2) Mechkari Mishpat (2014) (with Keren Shmueli & Oren Perez) (in Hebrew).
  3. Equality in Triangular Relationship in Israel, Empirical and Doctrinal Perspectives, Law, Labor and Society 153 (Guy Mondlak Ed. TAU Press, 2010) (with Ronit Nadiv) (In Hebrew).
  4. The Psychology of Conflict of Interests in the Public Sector, in Conflict of Interests in the Public Sector in Israel (Daphna Barak-Erez, Doron Navot and Mordechay Kreminzer, Eds, 2009) (in Hebrew).
  5. A Psychological Approach to Trade Secrets: Legality, Efficiency and Morality, 3 Law and Business 189 (2005) (in Hebrew).

Working Papers Under Revisions /Review

  • Best to be Last (with Ori Plonski Daniel Chen ( R&R J. of Applied Psych)
  • Effect of Nation Law on Tolerance in Israel (with Neta Barak-Coren and Noam Gidron) [J. of Legal Studies]
  • On the concept of healthy compliance to Covid regulations ( with Mario Mikolinser Yosi Harel Fisher Sari Goldshtein, Rotem Manor, Aaron Weller)
  • Why did Israeli Comply with Covid Regulations (with Van Rooij Lab and Adam Fine) [J. of Law & Policy ]
  • Are all legal discriminations created equal (with Tami Kricheli Katz and Haggay Porat) J. of Inequality
  • Behavioral approach to repeated small employment law violations (with Neta Nadiv)



Work in progress

Work in Progress / (Data Collection Competed or in Progress)


  • Legal Ambiguity and Self Interest:  The role of Dual-Process Interpretation in Implicit Corruption (with Mazarin Banaji and Eliran Halali).
  • Effect of Trust in Regulators on trust in Markets (with David Levi Faur and Libby Maman)
  • Mandatory vs. Voluntary Drafts and Ultra Orthodox Motivation (with Neta Barak Koren and Shelly Robinson)
  • A Behavioral Ethics Perspective on the theory of Criminal Law & Punishment (with Hadar Dancig Rosenberg) [invited chapter]
  • Should corporations play nice? (with Hajin Kim)
  • Perceived objectivity of legal prosecutors of politicians (with Ori Aronson and Julia Elad-Sternberg)

Non-Refereed Publications

  • The Incentive Matrix (with Orly Lobel) Innovations (2010).
  • Are All Legal Probabilities created Equal (With Doron Teichman) NYU Legal Workshop (2010).
  • Introduction to symposium on Law and Social Norms (with Ben Deporter), Review of Law and Economics (2009).
  • National Report on the Regulation of Triangular Relationships in Israel (with Ronit Nadiv), of XVIII World Congress of Labor and Social Security Law, Paris, September 2006.
  • Attitudes and Behavior, Encyclopedia of Law and Society American and Global Perspectives, SAGE Publications, 2006.

Not Refereed Publications  in Hebrew (In the Israel Democracy Institute)

  • A Plan on Combating Government Corruption (With Kreminzer, Navot
  • On Implicit Employment Discrimination ( With Krichli Katz & Porat)
  • Creating A behavioral Insight Team in Israel (w/Zalivanksi)
  • Inexpressive effects of the Nation Law ( Barak Koren & Gidorn)
  • Behavioral Ethics and conflict of interest ( w/ Friver)
  • Nudging in Israel ( w/ Pe’er)
  • Reducing regulatory burden (w/ Pe’er)
  • Regulatory Dilemmas in fighting Covid

Last Updated Date : 13/06/2022