Prof. Avraham Tabbach

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Prof. Avraham Tabbach
Phone: 03-6408108
Fax: 03-6405349


Avraham Tabbach joined TAU Law Faculty in 2004 and since 2016 he is a Full ProfessorHe serves as the academic director of the Tel-Aviv-Berkeley Executive LLM Program, as an associate editor of the International Review of Law and Economics (IRLE), and also as a board member of the European Association of Law and Economics (EALE). In 2006 Tabbach won the Zeltner Prize of Young Scholars, and recently he won the American Law and Economics Prize for the best paper (2017). From 2011 to 2013 Tabbach was visiting Amsterdam Center of Law and Economics (ACLE) at the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands. Tabbach received his LLB from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (1997) and LLM (2000) and JSD (2003) from the University of Chicago Law School, where he was also a Fulbright Fellow and an Olin Scholar in Law and Economics. He teaches Taxation, Corporate Finance and various courses in Law and Economics. His research focuses on game theoretical models of law enforcement, tort, taxation, corporate finance and recently litigation. Tabbach’s recent publications include: “Tax-Losses Mechanisms” (2014) University of Chicago Law Review 81: 1509-67 (with Jacob Nussim); “More Manipulation Less Risk Taking? (2015) Journal of Finance and Economics 3(3): 1-25 (leading article, with Sharon Hannes); “Solving the volunteer's dilemma: the efficiency of rewards versus punishment” (2016) American Law and Economics Review 18(1): 1-32 (leading article, with Shmuel Leshem) and Volunteer’s uncertainty dilemma, Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics (forthcoming 2018, with Tim Friehe). 

Research Interests and Teaching

Game Theory, Law and Economics, Taxation, Public Finance, Corporate Finance, Torts and Criminal Law.



2000 - 2003 J.S.D.,University of Chicago Law School
Title of Doctoral dissertation: "Criminal Behavior, Sanctions & Income Taxation"; Supervisors - Prof. William Landes; Prof. David Weisbach
1999 - 2000 LL.M., University of Chicago Law School (Fulbright Scholar)
1993 - 1997 LL.B., Summa cum Laude, Hebrew University School of Law


Academic Appointments

2016 -  Full Professor, Faculty of Law, Tel Aviv University
2013 - 2016 Associate Professor Faculty of Law, Tel Aviv University
2008 - 2013 Senior Lecturer Faculty of Law, Tel Aviv University
2004 - 2008 Lecturer Faculty of Law, Tel Aviv University

Representative Publications

A comparison of simple action-based and outcome-based policies for emergency-like situations”

Mathematical Social Sciences (forthcoming 2018, with Tim Friehe).


“Solving the Volunteer’s Dilemma: the Efficiency of Rewards versus Punishment” 

American Law and Economics Review, (2016) 18(1): 1-32 (leading article, winner of the 2017 ALEA prize for best paper, with Shmuel Leshem).


“More Manipulation Less Risk Taking?”

Journal of Finance and Economics (2015) 3(3): 1-25 (leading article, with Sharon Hannes).


“Tax-Losses Mechanisms”

University of Chicago Law Review, (2014) 81: 1509-1567 (with Jacob Nussim).


“Inadequate Compensation and Multiple Equilibria”

International Review of Law and Economics, (2014) 38: 33-47 (with Massimo D’Antoni).


"Commitment versus Flexibility in Enforcement Games”

B.E. Journal of Theoretical Economics (Contributions) (2012) 12(1), 1935-1704 (with Shmuel Leshem).


“Willingness to Pay, Death, Wealth, and Damages” 

American Law and Economic Review (2011) 13(1), 45-103. (with Ariel Porat)


"The Social Desirability of Punishment Avoidance"  

The Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization (2010) 26(2), 265-289.


"Deterrence and Avoidance”

International Review of Law and Economics (2009) 29(4), 314-323 (with Jacob Nussim).


“Criminal Behavior, Sanctions, And Income Taxation: An Economic Analysis”.

The Journal of Legal Studies (2003) 32 (2), 383-406.

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