Introduction to Empirical Methods

Introduction to Empirical Methods

Professor Alma Cohen
Winter 2017 course
M, T, W, Th, F 1:00pm - 4:30pm in Hauser Hall Room 101
3 classroom credits

Prerequisites: None

Exam Type: In Class

There will be a final exam.

Empirical methods and empirical findings are increasingly used in litigation, regulation, and legal policymaking and research. This course aims at introducing students to the basic methods and tools used in law-related empirical analysis. No prior work in empirical methods or statistics will be required or assumed. Concepts and topics that will be covered include descriptive statistics and graphs, probability, measures of dispersion, statistical inferences and hypothesis testing, correlation, analysis of variance, regression analysis (simple regression and multiple regression, dummy variables, functional forms, omitted variables, multicollinearity and correlation vs. causation). Legal examples and ungraded problems sets will be used throughout to illustrate the concepts and methods taught, and students will learn how to use a standard statistical software package.

Subject Areas: Business Organization, Commercial Law, and Finance