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The Origins, Nature, and Promise of Empirical Legal Studies and a Response to Concerns


Theodore Eisenberg


Cornell University - Law School

December 17, 2010

Cornell Legal Studies Research Paper

Abstract:     
This article describes the origins of three movements in legal academia: empirical legal studies (ELS), law and society, and law and economics. It then quantifies the distribution across scholarly fields of authors in these movements’ journals and reports the impact of the movements’ scholarly journals. By focusing on two leading law and economics journals, the article also explores the effect a journal being centered in law schools rather than in a social science discipline. It suggests that ELS has achieved rapid growth and impact within the academic legal community because of (1) its association with law schools, and (2) its receptiveness to contributions by scholars from all social science disciplines. Concerns about the quality and growth of ELS are found to lack persuasive support.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 21

Keywords: Empirical Legal Studies, Law and Society, Law and Economics

JEL Classification: A00, A10, A12, B00, K00, K10

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Date posted: December 19, 2010  

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Eisenberg, Theodore, The Origins, Nature, and Promise of Empirical Legal Studies and a Response to Concerns (December 17, 2010). Cornell Legal Studies Research Paper . Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1727538 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1727538

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