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I-CORE Second Wave

Empirical Legal Studies

Empirical Legal Studies

The Center for Empirical Studies of Decision Making and the Law

 

Participating Researchers and Institutions:

 

The group selected to establish this I-CORE is a group under the scientific management of Prof. Ilana Ritov of the Hebrew University, consisting of researchers from the Hebrew University and the Technion.

 

Scientific Director: Prof. Ritov Ilana, School of Education Hebrew University

 

Administrative Director: Ayelet Gordon

 

Scientific Management Members:
 

  • Prof. Ritov Ilana, School of Education Hebrew University
  • Prof. Erev Ido, Industrial Engineering and Management, Technion
  • Prof. Harel Alon, Law, Hebrew University
  • Dr. Teichman Doron, Law, Hebrew University
  • Prof. Zamir Eyal, Law, Hebrew University

 

Additional I-CORE Members:

 

  • Prof. Hamdani Assaf, Law, Hebrew University
  • Dr. Shayo Moses, Economics, Hebrew University
  • Prof. Yafeh Yishay, Business School, Hebrew University
  • Prof. Yechiam Eldad, Industrial Engineering and Management, Technion
  • Dr. Zussman Asaf, Economics, Hebrew University

 

New Faculty:

2013-14:

  • Dr. Yehonatan Givati, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, returned from NYU

2014-15:

  • Dr. Keren Weinshall Margal, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, returned from  Harvard

 

Research focus:

 

Law influences choices; that is the corner stone of all modern legal systems. By enacting laws society can alter peoples' decisions and promote desirable behavior (or discourage behavior that it deems objectionable). How this process takes place, what are the nuanced forces that drive it, and what are its limits, are at the core of the work at the Center for Empirical Studies of Decision Making and the Law.
The Center aims to study the interaction between the law and decision making. It brings together scholars from the areas of law, economics and psychology in order to evaluate and scrutinize the theoretical paradigms that govern legal analysis. The Center's research agenda focuses on the determinants of different legal regimes and their implementation, and how these regimes affect behavior in a diverse set of cases. More specifically, the Center focuses its work around four areas of law: (1) the judiciary, (2) corporate governance, (3) equality and discrimination, and (4) regulation and compliance. From a methodological perspective researchers in the center employ two types of tools. The first are experimental tools, including both laboratory studies and randomized field experiments. The second are observational empirical tools, with special attention to the creation of new data sets, referring primarily to the Israeli legal system, economy and society.  
The Center's fundamental goals are both academic and practical. With respect to the former, Center members conduct studies that examine fundamental issues of the basic-science of law and decision-making. These studies answer questions such as: are people rational or are their decisions biased in a systematic fashion, and does law function merely as a price setting device, or can it affect behavior in other ways? As to the latter, the Center's studies will have important implications for concrete policy debates ranging from the optimal regulation of capital markets to the design of effective safety regulation.

 

For more information please contact: ayelet.gordon@mail.huji.ac.il

I-CORE's Website: http://www.icore-huji.com/