At CELS 2012

I’m really looking forward to next week’s 7th Annual Conference on Empirical Legal Studies, to be held at Stanford.  Here’s the preliminary program.  As usual, I’ll blog the conference after the fact.  If there are particular papers you want to make sure I get to and highlight, drop me a line.  As a taste, here’s a line from an abstract that made me very curious about the presentation to follow: “Our overall estimates suggest that pornography caused between 10 and 25 percent of all divorces in the United States in the sixties and seventies.”  Caused?!  That must be some kicker of an instrumental variable.

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4 Responses

  1. amused says:

    There are many other ways of showing causation, beyond IV. Diff in diffs, for example, which is what they probably did (I didn’t see the paper).

  2. Dave Hoffman says:


    Nope, they used an instrumental variable – purchases of Time magazine. Worth reading the paper.

  3. amused says:

    Magazine purchases as IV? Gag. Not worth reading.

  4. Wilson says:

    Hi Dave,

    It would be great if you could take a look of the following item and comment a little bit! Thanks

    – Below the Bar? Racial and Gender Bias in
    Judicial NominationsJudicial Selection and Death Penalty Decisions
    – Estimating Gender Disparities in Federal
    Criminal Cases
    – Structural Bias in the Sentencing of Felony