Field Experiments And The Study Of Law And Policy
Green and Thorley (2014)
The study presents a review of experiments in the field of law. It notes that there's been resistance to experimentation in legal studies, but that innovative and creative studies have been able to contribute important knowledge.
This is a literature review of experiments involving law, judicial processes, and policy.
Although it's difficult to randomize in the context of legal proceedings, this article identifies many studies that have been able to identify exogenous sources of variation or that have been able to do field experiments related to law and policy. A number of studies take advantage of the random assignment of cases to judges to measure effects on a variety of outcomes of interests, including recidivism, bias in judges' decision-making, etc.