Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this course. Some background or interest in corporate law, economics, finance, or empirical methods will be helpful, but no technical knowledge in these areas will be necessary. Students who have questions regarding whether the course would be suitable for them should feel free to contact the instructor.
Exam Type: No Exam
There will be no exam. Instead, students will be asked to submit, before most sessions, a brief memo on the research to be discussed in the session, and grades will be based primarily on these memos. Students who wish to do so may choose to do an additional one- or two-credit independent research project in tandem with the course.
Empirical tools have been increasingly used in litigation, regulation, and policymaking in corporate law, corporate governance, and securities regulation and litigation. This course will aim to expose students to, and enable them to engage with, empirical work in these fields. To this end, at most of the meetings, professors from law schools and business schools will present and discuss their empirical research with the students.
Note: The course will meet for six Wednesday sessions during the semester. All of these sessions will take place during the first two months of the semester.