Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Old Dog, New Tricks: Acquiring Empirical Skills

The shimmering mirage of summer has cast its spell on me, which means I am laboring under the delusion that I will have so much more time to do the thinking, learning, and writing that I want to be doing.  My work is increasingly dependent upon statistical evaluations that others do, and occasionally involves my own work in the area.   Several years ago I attended an empirical workshop for law professors at USC (something like this) taught by Lee Epstein and Andrew Martin that was an instrumental introduction and my only formal foundation in the area.  I have the bug and want to learn more!  But I don't know the best way to go about it-- piecemeal or full immersion--or even what all is available.  I compiled my research below and share the list for interested readers.  Comments encouraged by anyone who wants to share their experience with a listed option, general advice,  or add to this meager list.

Empirical Skills Resources:

Blogs like: Andrew Gelman &  Empirical Legal Studies Blog

Introduction/Immersion Workshops like:


Free electronic courses:

See, e.g., Stanford Introduction to Statistics (for more information on itunes university, see this article)

Recomended text books/books

Epstein/Martin Introduction to Empirical Research

Wooldridge, Introductory Econometrics 


Enroll in a course at your university (audit or pursue another degree) such as basic statistics or an Econometrics course.

-Anne Tucker

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Great post! What I am looking for is a text that focuses on event studies. Does anyone have suggestions? I became fascinated with event studies when doing research for my paper, "The SEC's Proxy Access Initiative: A Bad Idea that Continues to Thrive and Prosper Even after Business Roundtable v SEC," .



Posted by: Bernard S. Sharfman | Apr 27, 2016 12:47:31 PM

Howard University puts on some programming (maybe only for internal folks). Maybe your university does the same?

Posted by: Matthew Bruckner | May 3, 2016 9:15:45 AM

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