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ACLE Empirical Legal Studies Seminar with Daniel L. Chen (ETH Zürich). Title: "How Do Rights Revolutions Occur. Free Speech and the First Amendment". The seminar is jointly organized with the IViR. Venue: Faculty of Law, room C1.23. Lunch will be provided.

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Date 3 February 2016
Time 12:00 -14:00
Room Faculty of Law - Oudemanhuispoort 4-6 - room C1.23


Dr. Daniel L. Chen will discuss the role and opportunities for empirics in legal research, and present his paper 'How do rights revolutions occur? free speech and the first amendment'.


Does law shape values? We test a model of law and norms using an area of law with emotional salience and controversy. Since 1958, Democratic judges have been 10% more likely than Re- publicans to favor progressive free speech standards. Using the random assignment of U.S. federal judges setting geographically-local precedent, we estimate that progressive free speech standards liberalized sex- ual attitudes and behaviors and had secondary effects on sex-related crimes and diseases. To corroborate a causal channel we conduct a field experiment with data entry workers. Exposure to progressive decisions liberalized sexual attitudes and shifted norm perceptions but not self-reported behavior.


The event is open for FDR and FEB employees and FDR students. No need to register in advance. For questions you can email Frederik Zuiderveen Borgesius,

Lunch will be provided.


Room Faculty of Law - Oudemanhuispoort 4-6 - room C1.23

Oudemanhuispoort 4-6
1012 CN Amsterdam