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MaCCI Law Summer School 2013

Introduction to Empirical Legal Studies

(Applied Econometrics)

June, 3rd - June, 7th 2013

Empirical research is on the rise in legal scholarship, both in Germany and internationally. The MaCCI Law Summer School 2013 provides legal researchers (including doctoral students and advanced undergraduate students) the tools to understand and critically assess quantitative empirical studies. It also aims at stimulating and enabling lawyers to devise their own empirical research projects. The course is designed for legal researchers in fields where quantitative analysis is gaining importance and has strong policy implications such as: Did poor corporate governance cause the financial crisis? Does legal investor protection foster vibrant securities markets? How long should a patent last? Does civil or criminal liability deter crime? Should a merger be allowed under the antitrust laws? How large were the damages of predatory pricing or collusion?

Approaching such issues empirically requires basic methodological knowledge. The course will provide the fundamentals of probability theory and statistics needed to understand the meaning of a "regression" and the actual tools to critically asses the results of empirical papers. Besides acquiring basic knowledge, participants will be encouraged to come up with their own empirical research ideas and discuss them in class.



Patrick Andreoli-Versbach, MSc (London School of Economics)

International Max Planck Research School for Competition and Innovation (IMPRS-CI), Munich Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research (MCIER) and Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich.

CV click here.

Prof. Dr. Andreas Engert, LL.M. (Univ. Chicago)

Lehrstuhl für Bürgerliches Recht, Deutsches und Europäisches Wirtschaftsrecht und Unternehmenssteuerrecht

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Time and Location:

June, 3rd - June, 7th 2013 - University of Mannheim, East Wing, Room SO 318 (mind the room change!)

2 sessions per day (120 min. morning, 90min. afternoon)


  • Monday: 10-12am, 1-2:30pm

  • Tuesday: 10-12am, 1-2:30pm

  • Wednesday: 10-12am, 1-2:30pm

  • Thursday: 9-11am, 2:30-4pm

  • Friday: 10-12am



There is no required textbook for this course as the lectures will be based on non-technical, example-based slides and papers. The content of this course is based on a (highly recommended) book:
Joshua Angrist and Jörn-Steffen Pischke "Mostly Harmless Econometrics", Princeton University Press. Available here.

In addition we recommend chapter 8 and 9 of the following textbook which is especially designed for legal studies:
Jackson, Kaplow, Shavell, Viscusi and Cope "Analytical Methods for Lawyers", Foundation Press, 2003. Available here.

For a more general introduction to econometrics and a concise review of probability and statistics please refer to:
James H. Stock and Mark Watson "Introduction to Econometrics", Addison-Wesley Longman. Available here.


Can be found here.


Application and Organisation:

The MaCCI Law Summer School 2013 is free of charge but class size is limited. Students will be selected on a first-come-first-serve basis. To attend please register by writing an e-mail to Ms. Khadija Schneider (schneider@jura.uni-mannheim.de).

Limited Accomodation at the guesthouse of the University of Mannheim is available for prices starting from €230 (03.06.-07.06.) and will be alloted on a first-come-first-serve basis.