Law and Multidimensional Measurement

Southern Illinois University Law Journal, Vol. 44, p. 253, 2020 (Forthcoming)

20 Pages Posted: 16 Mar 2020

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Ronald J. Coleman

Georgetown University Law Center

Ana Vaz

University of Oxford

Date Written: August 1, 2019


Without accurate measurement of phenomena, it can be difficult to enact targeted corrective policies. While measurement in the social sciences is always challenging, it becomes infinitely more so when the phenomena under study are multifaceted and, thus, cannot easily be assessed by reference to a single factor. Phenomena of this latter variety might include governance, empowerment, or rule of law. Multidimensional measurement techniques have sought to capture such phenomena. Legal scholarship utilizing multidimensional measurement has, to date, generally focused on techniques treating each factor independently, which fails to reveal the interdependency of different factors. This Article seeks to fill that methodological gap by presenting an alternative measurement framework, and illustrating its value for the legal community through a criminal justice index we have constructed.

Keywords: multidimensional measurement, measurement, empirical, law and economics, methodology, social science, policy, criminal justice, law enforcement

Suggested Citation

Coleman, Ronald J. and Vaz, Ana, Law and Multidimensional Measurement (August 1, 2019). Southern Illinois University Law Journal, Vol. 44, p. 253, 2020 (Forthcoming). Available at SSRN:

Ronald J. Coleman (Contact Author)

Georgetown University Law Center ( email )

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Ana Vaz

University of Oxford ( email )

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United Kingdom

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