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One-Day Workshop on Causal Inference in Empirical Legal Studies

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Empirical legal studies often seek to assess causation: What results did Rule X cause, versus prior rule Y or alternate rule Z. This workshop provides an introduction to methods for causal inference, how to design a research study to provide credible causal inference, and which policy questions do, and do not, lend themselves to convincing causal analysis. This workshop will provide an overview of the principal research designs that legal and other researchers can use to design a research study that uses quantitative analysis method.
We will cover the design of true randomized experiments and contrast them to “natural” or “quasi” experiments – often based on legal rules and changes to legal rules. We will compare true experiments and natural experiments to pure observational studies, where part of the sample is treated in some way, the remainder is a control group, but the researcher controls neither the assignment of cases to treatment and control groups nor administration of the treatment. We will assess the causal inferences one can draw from a research design, threats to valid inference, and research designs that can mitigate those threats.

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TitleOne-Day Workshop on Causal Inference in Empirical Legal Studies
LocationCity University of Hong Kong SLW
PlaceHong Kong