Quantitative Legal History

Forthcoming, Oxford Handbook of Historical Legal Research

USC CLASS Research Paper No. CLASS17-14

USC Law Legal Studies Paper No. 17-12

13 Pages Posted: 3 May 2017 Last revised: 14 Jul 2017

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Daniel M. Klerman

University of Southern California Gould School of Law

Date Written: July 10, 2017

Abstract

Legal historians seldom use statistics, but this is a missed opportunity. Quantitative methods are particularly helpful in understand core legal history issues, including the effect of legal change and the influence of multiple factors on legislation, judicial decisionmaking, and citizen behavior. Recent work by Gavin Wright, Paul Mahoney, and Michele Landis Dauber shows how tables, graphs, and regression analysis can be woven into persuasive historical narrative and analysis. Collaboration between legal historians and quantitative social scientists also provides an untapped avenue to enrich the field.

Keywords: Legal History, Empirical Legal Studies, Social Science, Statistics, Regressions, Civil Rights, Securities Law, New Deal, History of Capitalism

Suggested Citation

Klerman, Daniel M., Quantitative Legal History (July 10, 2017). Forthcoming, Oxford Handbook of Historical Legal Research; USC CLASS Research Paper No. CLASS17-14; USC Law Legal Studies Paper No. 17-12. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2961910

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