Should Legal Empiricists Go Bayesian?


Publish Date:
May 1, 2007
Publication Title:
Stanford Law and Economics Olin Working Paper
Working Paper
  • Jeff Strnad, Should Legal Empiricists Go Bayesian?, Stanford Law and Economics Olin Working Paper, No. 342 (2007).


Bayesian empirical approaches appear frequently in fields such as engineering, 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.