Empirical methods are widely used in several domains of law and institutional settings such as in the formulation of public policy and regulation, antitrust, business and bankruptcy law, discrimination litigation, environmental infringement and the adjudication of criminal cases. This course will introduce students to the underlying foundations of a variety of empirical methods and scientific evidence to assess and challenge fundamental assumptions about the law. With a view towards working alongside experts and developing and refuting quantitative evidence, we will cover the mechanics of descriptive and inferential statistics, research design and the major econometric techniques in regression analysis.
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