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Daniel T. Ostas

James G. Harlow, Jr. Chair in Business Ethics and Professor of Legal Studies

Daniel Ostas

Department: Management and International Business
Program Area: Economic Analysis of Marketplace Ethics, Ethics of Corporate Legal Strategy, Institutional Economic Analysis of Law
Office: Adams Hall Room 217D
Phone: (405) 325-5619
Address: 307 West Brooks, Adams Hall Room 217D 
Norman, OK 73019

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M.B.A., J.D., Ph.D. (Business Economics), each from Indiana University. Professor Ostas has taught business economics, business law, and business ethics at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. He has received more than twenty teaching awards, including the 2018 University Regents Award for Superior Teaching. His research addresses the economics of marketplace ethics and the ethics of corporate legal strategy. An author of more than seventy scholarly works, including three books, Ostas has received more than a dozen international research awards.


  • Ph.D. Business Economics, Indiana University
  • J.D., School of Law, Indiana University
  • Masters of Business Administration, Kelly School of Business, Indiana University
  • Bachelors of Science, Purdue University


  • Great Lakes ALSB Best Paper Award (October 2019)
  • University Regents Award for Superior Teaching (April 2018)
  • Harold Hackler Award for Outstanding Teaching (May 2017)
  • Dean's Excellence Research Paper Award (May 2016)


“Endogenous Tax Law: Regulatory Capture and the Ethics of Political Obligation,” 85 Law and Contemporary Problems, no. 4, pp. 49-73 (2022) (Public Policy: Duke Law School, 

“Aristotelian Decency as a Corrective for Compliance-Induced Environmental Racism,” 34 Georgetown Environmental Law Review 33-66 (2021) (co-author: Gastón de los Reyes). 

"Entrepreneurial Risk: Marijuana, Compliance, and the Social Construction of Law and Markets,” 30 Southern California Interdisciplinary Law Journal 69-99 (2021).

“Corporate Beneficence and COVID-19,” 27 Journal of Human Values 15-26 (2020) (co-author: Gastón de los Reyes).

“Ethics of Legal Astuteness: Barring Class Actions Through Arbitration Clauses,” 29 Southern California Interdisciplinary Law Review 523-550 (2020) (co-author: Colleen Baker).

“Prioritizing Ethical, Economic, and Legal Duties: A Case Study in Regulatory Compliance,” 29 Southern Law Journal 299-316 (2019).

“Ethics of Tax Interpretation,” 54 Journal of Business Ethics available at (2018).

"Corporate Taxation and Social Responsibility", co-authored with Axel Hilling (Wolters-Kluwer: Stockholm 2017).

"Global Tax Shelters and the Need for a Pragmatic Jurisprudence," 53 American Business Law Journal 745-85 (2016) (co-author: Axel Hilling).