Prof. Yuval Feldman

Building 305, Room 122
    Short Biography

    Yuval Feldman is The Mori Lazarof professor of legal research at Bar-Ilan University Faculty of Law where he is the head of the ERC funded Voluntary Compliance Lab and the 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 supreme court Justice Tova Stresberg-Cohen.

    His areas of research include Behavioral Analysis of Law, Experimental Law and Economics, Behavioral Ethics, Computational Law, Regulation, Enforcement and Compliance. 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. Between 2014-2023 he has been a Senior Fellow at the Israel Democracy Institute, where he published a series of white papers on behavioral aspects of discrimination, nation laws, environment, corruption, regulation, solidarity and trust. He has advised various governmental bodies on behavioral and experimental informed policies in areas related to ethical decision making, trust enhancing regulatory design, public cooperation and enforcement in areas related to public health (Covid) Environment and Tax. Between 2016-20 he served as a member of Israel’s Young Academy.

    Feldman has received numerous national fellowships including Rothschild, Fulbright, Alon, and awards such as Zeltner ( 2008 Young), Chesin ( 2019 Senior researcher), Bruno Award (2020) and Fatal Award (2021), Provost most Innovative Researcher (2023) as well as more than 25 competitive research grants from foundations such as Olin, GIF, Marie Currie, ISF(X4), and IIAS. During the years 2022-2027 he held the ERC Advanced Grant for his research 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 approximately 80 papers, many of them published leading journals in law, public policy, management and psychology among them NYU, Texas, Georgetown and Northwestern Law reviews J. of Legal Studies, J. of Empirical Legal Studies, Regulation & Governance, J. of Eur Pub Policy, J. of Business Ethics ; Psychological Science and J. of Applied Psychology, J of Experimental Social 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 2024 in CUP as well.

    For a pdf file 


    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)


    Should States Trust the Public?  The Promise and Perils of Voluntary Compliance

    (forthcoming Cambridge University Press 2023)



    1. Ori Plonsky, Daniel L. Chen, Liat Netzer, Talya Steiner & Yuval Feldman Motivational drivers for serial position effects: Evidence from high-stakes legal decisions Forthcoming J. of Applied Psychology (2023)
    2. Maman Liby, Yuval Feldman & Levi-Faur David, Varieties of Regulatory Regimes and their Effect on Public Trust in Market Actors  J. of European Public Policy (2022)
    3. Hadar Dancig -Rosenberg & Yuval Feldman A Behavioural Ethics Perspective on the theory of Criminal Law & Punishment. (In Aguiar, F., Gaitán, A. & Viciana, H. (eds.). Issues in Experimental Moral Philosophy. London: Routledge. (2023)
    4. Aronson, Ori, Julia Elad Strenger, Thomas Kesler & Yuval Feldman  "Does personalization of officeholders undermine the legitimacy of the office? On perceptions of objectivity in legal decision making." Regulation & Governance (2022).‏
    5. Barak Corren, Netta, Noam Gidron, and Yuval Feldman. "Majority Nationalism Laws and the Equal Citizenship of Minorities: Experimental, Panel, and Cross-Sectional Evidence from Israel." J. of Legal Studies (2022)
    6. Becher, Shmuel I., Yuval Feldman, and Meirav Furth-Matzkin. "Toxic Promises." BCL Rev. 63 (2022): 753.‏
    7. Ferber, Sari Goldstein, et al. "Perceived social support in the social distancing era: the association between circles of potential support and COVID-19 reactive psychopathology." Anxiety, Stress, & Coping 35.1 (2022): 58-71.‏
    8. Feldman, Yuval, Kricheli Tami and Porat Haggay. "Are all legal discriminations created equal forthcoming." Law & Psychology Review 47 (2023).
    9. Feldman, Yuval, and Neta Nadiv. "A Behavioural Ethics Approach to Employment Law and Workplace Norms." International Journal of Comparative Labour Law and Industrial Relations 37.2/3 (2021).‏
    10. Peer, Eyal, and Yuval Feldman. "Honesty pledges for the behaviorally-based regulation of dishonesty." Journal of European Public Policy 28.5 (2021): 761-781.‏
    11. Feldman, Yuval, and Yotam Kaplan. "Ethical Blind Spots & Regulatory Traps: On Distorted Regulatory Incentives, Behavioral Ethics & Legal Design." Law and Economics of Regulation. Springer, Cham, 2021. 37-54.‏
    12. Feldman, Yuval, Adi Libson, and Gideon Parchomovsky. "Corporate Law for Good People." Nw. UL Rev. 115 (2020): 1125.‏
    13. Yotam Kaplan & Yuval Feldman Law and Preferences: A Behavioral Ethics Approach (with  ) forthcoming in Theoretical Inquiries in Law (2021)
    14. Feldman, Yuval. "The Law of Good People—Book Symposium: Reply to Comments and Criticism." Jerusalem Review of Legal Studies 22.1 (2020): 78-87.‏
    15. Motsenok, Marina, et al. "The slippery slope of rights-restricting temporary measures: an experimental analysis." Behavioural Public Policy (2020): 1-21.
    16. Tikotsky, Ariel, Eyal Pe'er, and Yuval Feldman. "Which nudges do businesses like? Managers’ attitudes towards nudges directed at their business or at their customers." Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization 170 (2020): 43-51.‏
    17. Kouchaki, Maryam, Francesca Gino, and Yuval Feldman. "The ethical perils of personal, communal relations: A language perspective." Psychological science 30.12 (2019): 1745-1766.‏
    18. Feldman, Yuval, and Yotam Kaplan. "Big Data and Bounded Ethicality." Cornell JL & Pub. Pol'y 29 (2019): 39.
    19. Becher, Samuel, Yuval Feldman, and Orly Lobel. "Poor Consumer (s) Law: The Case of High-Cost Credit and Payday Loans." Legal Applications of Marketing Theory, Jacob Gersen & Joel Steckel, eds., Cambridge University Press (2020, Forthcoming), San Diego Legal Studies Paper 18-357 (2018): 18-20.‏
    20. Pe’er, Eyal, et al. "Do minorities like nudges? The role of group norms in attitudes towards behavioral policy." Judgment and Decision making 14.1 (2019): 40.‏
    21. Feldman, Yuval, and Yotam Kaplan. "Behavioral ethics as compliance." Forthcoming, Cambridge Handbook of Compliance (Van Rooij & Sokol Eds.), Bar Ilan University Faculty of Law Research Paper 19-18 (2019).
    22. Barak‐Corren, Netta, Yuval Feldman, and Noam Gidron. "The provocative effect of law: Majority nationalism and minority discrimination." Journal of Empirical Legal Studies 15.4 (2018): 951-986.‏
    23. Lavie, Shay, Tal Ganor, and Yuval Feldman. "Adjusting legal standards." European Journal of Law and Economics 49.1 (2020): 33-53.‏
    24. Yuval Feldman, Curbing Organizational Corruption: to Reduce Misconduct, add Behavioral Ethics to your Toolbox, Behavioral Science and Policy Special Volume on Corruption (2018).
    25. Feldman, Yuval, and Eliran Halali. "Regulating “good” people in subtle conflicts of interest situations." Journal of Business Ethics 154.1 (2019): 65-83.‏
    26. Sah, Sunita, et al. "Combating biased decisionmaking & promoting justice & equal treatment." Behavioral Science & Policy 2.2 (2016): 78-87.‏
    27. Boussalis, Constantine, Yuval Feldman, and Henry E. Smith. "Experimental Analysis of the Effect of Standards on Compliance and Performance." Regulation & Governance (March 2017), Harvard Public Law Working Paper 17-43 (2016): 18-04.‏
    28. Fine, Adam, et al. "Rule orientation and behavior: Development and validation of a scale measuring individual acceptance of rule violation." Psychology, Public Policy, and Law 22.3 (2016): 314.‏
    29. Non Verbal Market Manipulation and Consumer Protection Law, Cardozo Law Review (2017) (with Shmuel Becher)
    30. Feldman, Yuval, Amos Schurr, and Doron Teichman. "Anchoring legal standards." Journal of Empirical Legal Studies 13.2 (2016): 298-329.
    31. Feldman, Yuval, and Shahar Lifshitz. "Blinding the Law: The Potential Virtue of Legal Uncertainty."‏ In: Robertson, Christopher G., and Aaron Kesselheim, eds. Blinding as a solution to bias: Strengthening biomedical science, forensic science, and law. Academic Press, 2016.‏
    32. Feldman, Yuval, and Tami Kricheli-Katz. "The human mind and human rights: A call for an integrative study of the mechanisms generating employment discrimination across different social categories." The Law & Ethics of Human Rights 9.1 (2015): 43-67.
    33. Yuval Feldman and Orly Lobel 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).
    34. Benbaji, Yitzhak, Amir Falk, and Yuval Feldman. "Commonsense morality and the ethics of killing in war: An experimental survey of the Israeli population." The Law & Ethics of Human Rights 9.2 (2015): 195-227.‏
    35. Feldman, Yuval. "Behavioral ethics meets behavioral law and economics." (2014).‏
    36. Feldman, Yuval, and Henry E. Smith. "Behavioral equity." Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics: JITE (2014): 137-159.
    37. Feldman, Yuval, Rebecca Gauthier, and Troy Schuler. "Curbing misconduct in the pharmaceutical industry: insights from behavioral ethics and the behavioral approach to law." The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics 41.3 (2013): 620-628.‏
    38. Feldman, Yuval, Amos Schurr, and Doron Teichman. "Reference points and contractual choices: An experimental examination." Journal of Empirical Legal Studies 10.3 (2013): 512-541. 
    39. Feldman, Yuval, and Orly Lobel. "12. Individuals as enforcers: the design of employee reporting systems." Explaining compliance: Business responses to regulation (2011): 263.‏
    40. Orly Lobel and Lilach Luria and Yuval Feldman  Law and Economics of Employment law, Handbook of Law & Economics in Israel  (2012) .
    41. Feldman, Yuval, and Tom R. Tyler. "Mandated justice: The potential promise and possible pitfalls of mandating procedural justice in the workplace." Regulation & Governance 6.1 (2012): 46-65.
    42. Feldman, Yuval, and Oren Perez. "Motivating environmental action in a pluralistic regulatory environment: An experimental study of framing, crowding out, and institutional effects in the context of recycling policies." Law & Society Review 46.2 (2012): 405-442.‏
    43. Feldman, Yuval, and Doron Teichman. "Are all contractual obligations created equal." Geo. LJ 100 (2011): 5.‏
    44. Feldman, Yuval, and Shahar Lifshitz. "Behind the veil of legal uncertainty." Law & Contemp. Probs. 74 (2011): 133.‏
    45. Feldman, Yuval. "The complexity of disentangling intrinsic and extrinsic compliance motivations: Theoretical and empirical insights from the behavioral analysis of law." Wash. UJL & Pol'y 35 (2011): 11.‏
    46. Yuval Feldman Toward a Behaviorally Responsive Regulation, Handbook of Regulation (Elgar Press 2011).
    47. Feldman, Yuval, Amir Falk, and Miri Katz. "What Workers Really Want: Voice, Unions, and Personal Contracts." Emp. Rts. & Emp. Pol'y J. 15 (2011): 237.‏
    48. Feldman, Yuval. "Law and Psychology: Some Thoughts on the Future of the Field." Law & Business 12 (2010): 267.
    49. Feldman, Yuval, and Orly Lobel. "The incentives matrix: The comparative effectiveness of rewards, liabilities, duties, and protections for reporting illegality." Tex. L. Rev. 88 (2009): 1151.‏
    50. Feldman, Yuval, and Doron Teichman. "Are all legal probabilities created equal." NYUL Rev. 84 (2009): 980.‏
    51. Feldman, Yuval. "Ex-Ante vs. Ex-Post: Optimizing State Intervention in Exploitive Triangular Employment Relationships." Comp. Lab. L. & Pol'y J. 30 (2008): 751.‏
    52. Feldman, Yuval, and Oren Perez. "How law changes the environmental mind: An experimental study of the effect of legal norms on moral perceptions and civic enforcement." Journal of Law and Society 36.4 (2009): 501-535.
    53. Feldman, Yuval. "The expressive function of trade secret law: Legality, cost, intrinsic motivation, and consensus." Journal of Empirical Legal Studies 6.1 (2009): 177-212.‏
    54. Cooter, Robert D., Michal Feldman, and Yuval Feldman. "The misperception of norms: The psychology of bias and the economics of equilibrium." Review of Law & Economics 4.3 (2008): 889-911.‏
    55. Feldman, Yuval, and Doron Teichman. "Are all legal dollars created equal." Nw. UL Rev. 102 (2008): 223.‏
    56. Behavioral versus Institutional Antecedents of Decentralized Enforcement: An Experimental Approach, 2(2) Regulation & Governance 165 (2008) (with Orly Lobel). 
    57. Feldman, Yuval, and Alon Harel. "Social norms, self-interest and ambiguity of legal norms: An experimental analysis of the rule vs. standard dilemma." Review of Law & Economics 4.1 (2008): 81-126.‏
    58. Yuval Feldman and Janice Nadler File Sharing Law and Norms, 43 San Diego Law Review 577 (2006)
    59. Feldman, Yuval. "The behavioral foundations of trade secrets: Tangibility, authorship, and legality." Journal of Empirical Legal Studies 3.2 (2006): 197-235.‏
    60. Feldman, Yuval, and Robert MacCoun. "Some Well-Aged Wines for the'New Norm'Bottles, Implications of Social Psychology to Law and Economics." The law and economics of irrational behavior 358 (2003).‏
    61. Feldman, Yuval. "Experimental Approach to the Study of Normative Failures: Divulging of Trade Secrets by Silicon Valley Employees." U. Ill. JL Tech. & Pol'y (2003): 105.‏
    62. Feldman, Yuval. "An Experimental Approach to the Study of Social Norms: The Allocation of Intellecutal Property Rights in the Workplace." J. Intell. Prop. L. 10 (2002): 59.‏
    63. : Feldman, Yuval. "Control or Security: A Therapeutic Approach to the Freedom of Contract." Symposium: The Varieties Of Therapeutic Experience Excerpts From The Second International Conference On Therapeutic Jurisprudence Touro L. Rev. 18 (2001): 503.

    Hebrew Publications

    1. Guy Friver,  Liav Feldman & Yuval Feldman,  Behavioral Ethics and the meaning of Oaths in the Babylonian Talmud (in Hebrew ) Forthcoming Sefer Menhem) 2020
    2. Feldman, Yuval, et al. "The Regulation of Recycling in Israel: An Empirical Study of the Demographic and Behavioral Aspects of Recycling Policy". Mechkari Mishpat. 29(2) 391-467 (2014) (in Hebrew).
    3. Feldman, Yuval, and Nadiv Ronit. "Equality in Triangular Relationship in Israel, Empirical and Doctrinal Perspectives". Law, Labor and Society 12 153-190 (2010) (In Hebrew).
    4. Yuval Feldman, 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. Feldman, Yuval. "A Psychological Approach to Trade Secrets: Legality, Efficiency and Morality". Law and Business 3 189-245 (2005) (in Hebrew).





    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 : 19/03/2024