The Berkeley Center for Law, Business and the Economy (BCLBE) is Berkeley Law’s hub for rigorous, relevant, empirically based research and education on the interrelationships of law, business, and the economy. BCLBE informs students, policymakers and the public of the implications of this innovative work to promote positive outcomes on business operations, economic growth, and market efficiency. BCLBE’s interdisciplinary approach to basic research, timely policy research, curriculum innovation, and public education empowers current and future leaders in business, law and policy to tackle the most pressing problems of today and tomorrow.
|INFORMING BUSINESS LEADERS, POLICYMAKERS AND SCHOLARS:|
BCLBE pursues policy-oriented initiatives that promote dialog among business leaders, scholars and government officials, and explore issues important to the future of the California, national and international economies and to the businesses and people that work within them. These initiatives include:
- Financial Market Innovation and Stability: BCLBE supports academic activity from across UC Berkeley with insights from the professional, business and policy worlds to develop evidence-based recommendations for stabilizing and prudently regulating capital markets and financial institutions. Research projects have addressed restructuring defaulting mortgages in securitization pools, internal financial regulation and improving bank transparency while protecting proprietary information.
- Technology Innovation and Commercialization: BCLBE works with teams of experts in innovation finance and policy, patent law, and technology to illuminate the scientific and commercial development of biomedical inventions and energy efficiency improving technologies. The projects aim to lower barriers to financing and implementing commercialization of innovations.
- Financial Literacy Education and Research Institute: Drawing on the diverse skills of the Berkeley Law faculty, and teaming with the East Bay Community Law Center, the Institute will research, create and implement consumer financial education programs to address the complex array of social, psychological and economic factors that have limited efforts to improve consumer financial literacy.
- The Network: Business at Berkeley Law: BCLBE and the Berkeley Business Law Journal (BBLJ) have collaborated to create a blog to keep professionals, policymakers, the business community and the general public informed about current issues and events at the intersection of law, business and economics. The Network is part of a larger effort by BCLBE and BBLJ to utilize social media and the Internet to build awareness of the work of UC Berkeley faculty and provide students, academics and professionals the opportunity to engage in online dialog about the impact of law and regulation on business and the economy.
|INNOVATIVE, RELEVANT, MULTI-DISCIPLINARY TRAINING:|
BCLBE creates an environment in which students gain a deeper understanding of the legal rules and economic principles that affect economies and businesses operating within them. BCLBE helps students grasp the context in which business and legal strategies are developed, and decisions are made.
- The Business@BerkeleyLaw courses instruct law students in the fundamentals of business finance, management and strategy. These courses concentrate on the economic and legal circumstances confronting businesses and entrepreneurs from the initial stages of a company’s conception through its growth and maturation, and provide students the skills to solve real business problems.
- The Business Law Certificate recognizes those students who have successfully pursued a rigorous curricular program that provides a broad background in fundamental areas of law and advanced training in business practice and skills. Students completing the program have the breadth, expertise and training for professional practice as legal advisors to businesses, NGOs and government entities.
|EMPIRICAL RESEARCH TO SUPPORT EVIDENCE BASED EDUCATION AND DECISION MAKING:|
Building on the fruits of projects such as the following, BCLBE provides to students an evidence based education and to professionals, business leaders and policymakers data based advice on decision making and policy initiatives. Empirical and evidence-based research projects include:
- Securitized Subprime Mortgages: Understanding Contract Rules and Incentives
- Regulation of Stock Tick Size, Dark Pools and High Frequency Trading
- M&A and Government Document Database and Analysis Project
- Patenting and Commercializing Biotech Innovations
- Energy Efficiency Retrofits for U.S. Housing: Removing the Bottlenecks
- Regulating Bank Transparency to Improve Stability While Protecting Key Bank Data
Adam B. Sterling, Executive Director
|Steven Davidoff Solomon, Faculty Co-Director
|Robert Bartlett, Faculty Co-Director
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