We previously posted Dave Hoffman's (Temple) thoughts on potential problems flowing from an increasingly technical turn in much of the ELS literatures. Corey Yung (John Marshall) pushes back a bit here.
While Yung "completely agree(s) with his (Hoffman's) conclusion that empirical legal studies should seek to be more accessible (which I always note at the end of my introduction of my empirical work), I disagree with his contention that empirical legal studies are facing widespread incomprehensibility due to growing complexity." In fact, according to Yung, in some areas (e.g., judicial decisionmaking) current empirical work has "barely scratched the surface." That is, such work needs to become more technical to get at the dynamics with greater accuracy. Anyway, despite both posts nested in the admittedly trendy "Moneyball" and sabremetrics contexts, they engage with an interesting set of issues.