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Statistics for Law & Policy

Selected sites with statistics for law and policy.


Lawyers and people concerned with legislation, regulation, or policy often call on statistics to support their arguments or assess programs. This guide presents links to selected sites. It is not comprehensive. It's just a convenient place to keep track of some good sites we've used. For more comprehensive lists, see the research guides below.

For the rational study of the law the black-letter man may be the man of the present, but the man of the future is the man of statistics and the master of economics.

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.,  The Path of the Law, 10 Harv. L. Rev. 457, 469 (1897).

Staying Current

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Research Guides

Working with Statistics

Nicholas Eberstadt et al., "In Order That They Might Rest Their Arguments on Facts": The Vital Role of Government-Collected Data (March 2, 2017) (joint publication of The Hamilton Project and the American Enterprise Institute).

Lena Groeger, When the Designer Shows Up In the Design, ProPublica, April 4, 2017 ("How our assumptions, perspectives, intuitions — and yes, our biases — shape what we design and how we design it.")

Mary Whisner, Data, Data, Data, 108 Law Libr. J. 313 (2016) (essay from librarian's perspective)