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## Empirical Methods for Lawyers

• Teacher(s):
• Course given in: English
• ECTS Credits: 6 credits
• Schedule: Autumn Semester 2022-2023, 4.0h. course (weekly average)
•  sessions
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• Related programme: Master of Law (MLaw) in Law and Economics

[warning] This course syllabus is currently edited by the professor in charge. Please come back in a few days. --- For your information only, here is the old syllabus :

### Objectives

This course provides basic knowledge about empirical work for law students. Participants learn to analyze data and interpret empirical results reported in scientific publications. The course discusses a selection of empirical papers in Law & Economics in detail. The course emphasizes the applied side of empirical work. Students learn to work with data and present descriptive and inferential statistics.

### Contents

The course consists of lectures and exercises.

The lectures provide the methodological basis. Topics are:
- How to gather data: survey, archival, experimental
- How to describe data: descriptive statistics, means, moments, distributions
- How to draw inference: hypotheses testing, causality
- How to present empirical work: interpretation of regression output

The practical part will cover
- Data analysis with Stata
- Present empirical work

### References

Main literature

- Lee Epstein and Andrew D. Martin (2014) An Introduction to Empirical Legal Research. Oxford University Press.

- Slides, research articles tba in class

- Baum, Christopher F. (2006). An Introduction to Modern Econometrics Using Stata, Stata Press.

- Lawless, R. M., Robbennolt, J. K., & Ulen, T. S. (2010). Empirical Methods in Law. Aspen Publishers.

- Wooldridge, J. M. (2009). Introductory econometrics: A modern approach. Thomson Learning.

### Evaluation

#### First attempt

Exam:
Written 2h00 hours
Documentation:
Allowed
Calculator:
Allowed
Evaluation:

Written exam.

The final grade is a weighted average of the following grades:

• 30% group project (presentation in class and short paper),
• 10% for a graded problem set,
• 60% written exam.

Note that exam conditions might change due to the COVID-19 situation.

#### Retake

Exam:
Written 2h00 hours
Documentation:
Allowed
Calculator:
Allowed
Evaluation:

Same conditions as for the Winter exam.

The grade from the presentation and paper will be kept for the retake session.

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