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The Conference on Empirical Legal Studies (CELS) is sponsored by the Society for Empirical Legal Studies (SELS) and Penn Law School. The conference features original empirical legal scholarship by leading scholars from a diverse range of fields. The 8th annual CELS will take place on October 25-26, 2013, at Penn Law School.
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Friday, October 25 • 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Reception and Poster Session

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Attendees will be able to view poster presentations and will have the opportunity to discuss questions with the authors.


Mandatory Portfolio Disclosure, Stock Liquidity, and Mutual Fund Performance by Vikas Agarwal, Kevin Mullally, Yuehua Tang, and Baozhong Yang

Judicial Politics at the Privy Council: Empirical Evidence by Sofia Amaral-Garcia and Nuno Garoupa

Collective Action Clauses in Corporate Bonds: An Empirical Study by Carlos Berdejό

Vacancy in Justice: Analyzing the Impact of Overburdened Judges on Sentencing Decisions by Jason Best and Lydia Tiede

The Impact of Victim Impact Statements: A Meta-Analytic Review by Jeremy Blumenthal

Schooling the Supreme Court by Christine Kexel Chabot

Anchoring Effect in Real Litigation:  An Empirical Study by Yun-chien Chang, Kong-pin Chen, and Yu-sheng Liu, Chang-Ching Lin

Litigating civil cases in state intermediate appellate courts: Analyzing decisions to appeal civil trial verdicts or judgments and the impact of appellate litigation on trial court outcomes by Thomas Cohen

Inconsistent Adjudication: Measuring Judge-Dependent Variation in the United States Courts of Appeals by Ryan Copus and Cait Unkovic

Enemy at the Gates: Financial Decision Making by Households When Medical Bills Are Due by G. Nathan Dong

Attorney Fees in a Loser Pays System by Theodore Eisenberg, Talia Fisher, and Issi Rosen-Zvi

Do Activist Investors Constrain  Managerial Moral Hazard in Chapter 11?:  Evidence from Junior Activist Investing by Jared Ellias

Can Network Effects Impede Optimal Contracting in Debt Securities? by Andreas Engert and Lars Hornuf

Criminal Stereotypes in the Courtroom: Facial Tattoos Affect Guilt and Punishment Differently by Friederike Funk and Alexander Todorov

Buyer Power in Conglomerate Acquisitions by Daniel Greene, Omesh Kini, and Jaideep Shenoy

State Contract Law and Debt Contracting by Colleen Honigsberg, Sharon Katz, and Gil Sadka

Hedge Fund Performance After the DODD-FRANK Act: A Regression Discontinuity Analysis by Wulf Kaal, Barbara Luppi, and Sandra Paterlini

Examining the Impact of Monitoring and Enforcement on Stationary Source Emissions by Jinghui Lim

The Revolution in Local Finance and the Return to the City by Zachary Liscow

The Effects of Tort Reform on Defensive Medicine: Evidence from the Third Wave by Myungho Paik, Bernard Black, and David Hyman

Imbalances of Power in ADR by Ronen Perry and Oren Gazal-Ayal

PolicyMiner: From Oysters to Pearls by Hossein Rahmani and Christine Arnold

Patent Examiners and Litigation Outcomes by Sean Tu

Mock Jurors’ Assessments of Blind Experts in Criminal Trials by Megan Wright, Sam Kluth, and Dana Dobbins

Hospital and Surgeon Report Cards and Patient Sorting by Tae Jung Yoon 


Friday October 25, 2013 5:00pm - 6:30pm
The Goat Lounge & The Great Hall