However, all the previous studies that have been done on judicial pay only focus on the federal courts. Professor Eric Helland has set out to discover if there is an impact of low judicial pay on the quality of judges in state appellate and supreme courts. This ambitious project has not been attempted before because there was no comprehensive set of data on state judges. Professor Helland created this large database of information on judges and the salaries they receive. From this data he was able to determine the effect of low judicial pay on the quality of state judges. In his talk, Helland will analyze the impact of low salaries on state courts.
Professor Eric Helland is the inaugural Robert J. Lowe Professor of Economics at Claremont McKenna College. In addition to his position at CMC, Professor Helland is the Senior Economist at RAND Corporations Institute for Civil Justice. From 2003-2004 he served as the Senior Staff Economist at the Presidents Council of Economic Advisors. Professor Helland received his B.A. from the University of Missouri and received his Ph.D. from Washington University.