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Empirical Research: Evidence

This guide will provide resources for empirical legal research including information on data sets and statistical packages.

Table of contents


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  • Finkelstein, Michael O. & Levin, Bruce. Statistics for Lawyers. New York: Springer-Verlag, 2015. QA276.12 .F56 2015
  • Good, Phillip I. Applying Statistics in the Courtroom: A New Approach for Attorneys and Expert Witnesses.  Baton Rouge, LA: Chapman & Hall/CRC, 2001. KF8968.75 .G66 2001  
  • Kadane, Joseph B. Statistics in the Law.  Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008. Available as an ebook: QA276 .S783443 2008

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Journal Articles

  • David Enoch and Talia Fisher, "Sense and Sensitivity: Epistemic and Instrumental Approaches to Statistical Evidence," 67 Stan. L. Rev. 557 (2015). 
  • Ward Edwards, "Influence Diagrams, Bayesian Imperialism and the Collins Case: An Appeal to Reason", 13 Cardozo L. Rev. 1025 (1991-1992).
  • William B. Fairley, "Probabilistic Analysis of Identification Evidence", 2 J. Legal Stud. 493 (1973).
  • Stephen E. Fienberg and Mark J. Schervish, "The Relevance of Bayesian Inference for the Presentation of Statistical Evidence and for Legal Decisionmaking", 66 Boston Univ. L. Rev. 771 (1986). 
  • Michael O. Finkelstein and William B. Fairley, "A Bayesian Approach to Indentification Evidence", 83 Harv. L. Rev. 489 (1970).
  • Joni Hersch and Blair Druhan Bullock, "The Use and Misuse of Econometric Evidence in Employment Discrimination Cases," 71 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. 2365 (2014).
  • Richard O. Lempert, "Modelling Relevance", 75 Mich. L. Rev. 1021 (1977).
  • G. Alexander Nunn, "The Incompatibility of Due Process and Naked Statistical Evidence," 68 Vand. L. Rev. 1407 (2015).  
  • Laurence Tribe, "Trial by Mathematics: Precision and Ritual in the Legal Process", 84 Harv. L. Rev. 1329 (1971).

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