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LPE Originals

Law, Liberation, and Causal Inference

The incorporation of empirical analysis via statistical methods into interpretive and normative legal frameworks calls for scrutiny into the nature of the role this input plays in the law. We can take lessons from disputes in statistical methodology and their use in the legal reasoning to better illuminate the more general relationship between “fact”-finding and normative judging. Let’s examine the sense in which racial discrimination can “cause” differential outcomes in police interactions, for example

LPE Originals

In Praise of Blindspots

Economic models produce blindspots, compressing qualitative differences into quantitative measures. Yet, this vice is also the source of their power.

LPE Originals

Tracking Extraction

If “law and political economy” examines the role of law in constituting and regulating marketcraft and statecraft, one way of “doing” LPE is to look for the role of law in managing the processes by which capitalists extract value from activity putatively outside “the economy.”