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The Challenge to Produce Useful “Legal Numbers”


  • I thank Omri Ben-Shahar and Saul Levmore (University of Chicago, Law School) for their generous advice on topics in this article. The participants in the Cornell University Law School “By the Numbers Conference” (October 4, 2010, Ithaca, NY) also provided many useful comments on early versions of the article. The Chicago Booth Graduate School of Business provided financial support for the original research underlying this article.

Robert S. Hamada Professor of Behavioral Science, Booth School of Business, University of Chicago, 5807 S. Woodlawn Ave., Chicago, IL 60637; email: