Empirical Legal Research in Action
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Empirical Legal Research in Action

Reflections on Methods and their Applications

Edited by Willem H. van Boom, Pieter Desmet and Peter Mascini

Empirical legal research is a growing field of academic expertise, yet lawyers are not always familiar with the possibilities and limitations of the available methods. Empirical Legal Research in Action presents readers with first-hand experiences of empirical research on law and legal issues.
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Chapter 3: Experimental criminal law: a survey of contributions from law, economics, and criminology

Christoph Engel

Abstract

Crime and punishment are studied experimentally in three distinct disciplines: in empirical legal studies, in experimental economics, and in experimental criminology. These three disciplines have surprisingly little interaction. The current paper surveys the rich evidence in this field and discusses the methodological reasons for running experiments on these issues, the limitations of the method, and how these limitations can be mitigated.

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