UPDATE: The PELS conference submission deadline has been extended to Sunday, October 22, 2017. The PELS conference will be held at Claremont McKenna College on Friday, April 27, 2017.
Given the long (and growing) list of "problems," increased attention to the importance of replication is both inevitable and, indeed, much welcome. Evidence of increased attention takes an array of forms (e.g., data repositories for published articles and the publishing of research protocols prior to estimation are becoming increasingly common (and even expected)).
To promote and encourage replication studies in empirical legal studies, Claremont McKenna College’s Program on Empirical Legal Studies (PELS) is pleased to announce the inaugural Empirical Legal Studies Replication Conference to be held on Friday April 27, 2018, in Claremont, California. A call for proposals from conference coordinator, Prof. Eric Helland (Claremont--econ.), follows.
"We are currently soliciting proposals that detail a plan to replicate an important study in law and economics/empirical legal studies. Although we welcome submissions generally, we strongly encourage proposals from teams consisting of a faculty member and one or more graduate students, in recognition of the fact that replication studies are also an excellent form of pedagogy.
Proposals should be 4-5 pages in length and must include details on how the authors propose to proceed, including a plain for obtaining the data necessary for the replication (e.g., is the data publically available, or has the author of the study to be replicated provided them the data?). We would also welcome (but do not require) additional details on ways the authors might plan to extend the study (e.g., by conducting the original estimation using different time periods, different jurisdictions, or other estimation techniques). Proposed replication studies will be judged on how important the paper is to law and economics/empirical legal studies and the tractability of the proposed replication.
Authors of accepted proposals must commit to attending the conference. In general, graduate student authors will present their own papers, and their faculty co-authors will serve as discussants on another paper presented at the conference.
PELS will reimburse up to one graduate student and one faculty member for accommodations and reasonable travel costs."
Those with questions or desiring additional information should contact Eric Helland directly at: email@example.com. The new deadline for proposals is October 22, 2017.