Does the law deliver?

June 01, 2014

In a consequentialist perspective, the law is a governance tool. It then is an empirical question whether the law actually achieves its assigned goals. Empirical legal scholars address this question in the areas of private, criminal and public law, procedural and international law. The focus is on causal inference, using methods ranging from natural experiments, difference in difference estimation, placebo tests to vignette studies and randomized field experiments.

Main contributions by: 
Mila Versteeg, Adam Chilton, Max Schanzenbach, Geoffrey Miller, Michael Frakes, Daniel Ho, Marcelo Nunes and Ivan Ribeiro and Pedro Roquim and Julio Trecenti
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