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Klick & Gelbach study empirical law and economics

Empirical work has grown in importance in law and economics. This growth coincides with improvements in research designs in empirical microeconomics more generally. In a paper titled “Empirical Law and Economics”,  Jonathan Klick and Jonah Gelbach provide a discussion of trends over the last three decades, linking the credibility revolution in empirical micro to the ascendancy of empirical work in law and economics. The literature on the economics of crime and criminal procedure illustrates the ways in which many of these techniques have been used successfully.


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