Measurable Things

Dave Hoffman

Dave Hoffman is the Murray Shusterman Professor of Transactional and Business Law at Temple Law School. He specializes in law and psychology, contracts, and quantitative analysis of civil procedure. He currently teaches contracts, civil procedure, corporations, and law and economics.

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3 Responses

  1. A.J. Sutter says:

    “The more interesting questions about law turn on how citizens experience and understand legal practices and rules” — looks like you should be employing qualitative research methods, then. And talking to real litigants, not hypothetical ones brought “into the laboratory,” as you once put it.

  2. Dave Hoffman says:

    AJ
    I am sorry that you are fixating on the word laboratory, when obviously we meant in the paper a psych experiment with real money incentives, where the “experiment” is performed in real time and the subjects under observation. This is a common term in social psychology, maybe it isn’t translating well.

    I am in favor of a big tent, including qualitative research methods. Please let’s not get distracted and hijack the thread…

  3. A.J. Sutter says:

    Don’t worry, I’m not fixating, just needling. But regardless of the terminology, such social psychology experiments don’t seem like a good way to get at how citizens experience, etc. The experience of citizens with the real legal system seems more to the point. If the claim is that it’s difficult to access them and that toy experiments with “real money incentives” may be the most convenient substitute, that would tend to validate the criticism of ELS that you’re attempting to counter at the outset of this post.