Should Legal Empiricists Go Bayesian?

Posted: 16 Jun 2008

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Date Written: Spring 2007


Bayesian empirical approaches appear frequently in fields such as egineering, computer science, political science and medicine, but almost never in law. This article illustrates how such approaches might be very useful in empirical legal studies. In particular, Bayesian approaches enable a much more natural connection between the normative or positive issues that typically motivate such studies and the empirical results.

Suggested Citation

Strnad, James (Jeff) Frank, Should Legal Empiricists Go Bayesian? (Spring 2007). American Law and Economics Review, Vol. 9, Issue 1, pp. 195-303, 2007, Available at SSRN: or

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