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Fall 2024 Course

Empirical Law and Finance

Prerequisites: None

Exam Type: No Exam

Empirical tools have been increasingly used in litigation, regulation, and policymaking in the fields of corporate law, corporate governance, securities regulation, and financial regulation. This course will aim to expose students to, and enable them to engage with, empirical work in these fields. To this end, sessions of this course will feature professors from law schools and business schools who will present and discuss their empirical research studies with the students.

The course will meet for six 2-hour sessions which will take place during the time slot of the course and will be concentrated during the first two month of the semester. There will be no examination. Instead, students will be asked to submit, before sessions, brief memos on the readings assigned for the session. Grades will be based on these memos (primarily) and on participation in class discussion.

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.

Note: This course will meet for six sessions, which will be concentrated during the first two months of the semester.