David S. Abrams, PhD, MS


Professor, Law, Business, and Public Policy, Law School

David S. Abrams is Professor of Law, Business Economics and Public Policy at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and the Wharton School. He joined the Penn faculty in 2008 after serving as the Olin Fellow in Law and Economics at the University of Chicago. He earned his Ph.D. in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2006, his Master’s in Physics from Stanford in 2001 and his Bachelor’s in Physics from Harvard in 1998. He is a Board Member and past-President of the Society for Empirical Legal Studies, and former chair of the Law and Economics section of the American Association of Law Schools.

His research interests include the Law and Economics of Crime, Intellectual Property, Corporate Finance, and Health Economics. Recent research topics include the use of machine learning to improve fairness in criminal justice, the impact of non-practicing entities on innovation, and improving methods for measuring and valuing innovation. His work has appeared in a number of top peer-reviewed journals and law reviews including the Stanford Law Review, University of Chicago Law Review, University of Pennsylvania Law Review, American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, and the Journal of Legal Studies.