U.C. Berkeley, School of Law

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Please note: drafts may be subject to updating through October 31.

Friday, 9:00 AM to 10:30 PM
Plenary Session: Analyzing Text Data
Christopher Zorn, Amber Boydstun, Tom Clark, Justin Grimmer, Kevin Quinn        
This roundtable will provide attendees with an introduction to the theoretical and practical details of methods for analyzing text as data. After an overview of different classes of methods for text data, topics will include data acquisition and cleaning, scaling textual content, classification of documents by topics, and the analysis of sentiment. Presentations will include discussions of software and practical examples.

Friday, 9:00 AM to 10:30 PM
Plenary Session: The Future of Big Data and Social Science 
Justin McCrary & Guido Imbens        
Predictive analytics is changing decision making from hiring, promotion, and separation decisions in the labor market; to pricing and diversification decisions in product markets; to trading decisions in the securities markets;  to e-discovery and litigation finance decisions; and beyond.  Predictive analytics also has the potential to rationalize regulatory actions, particularly those involving targeted compliance and enforcement decisions.  This roundtable will explore the extent to which the present and future of predictive analytics will change social science as well, and whether it should.

Friday, 10:45 AM to 12:15 PM
Plenary Session:  Evidence on Income and Wealth Inequality          
Emannuel Saez       
The plenary lecture will present evidence on income and wealth inequality gathered by a collective group of researchers in the World Top Incomes Database. The database includes top income and wealth shares time series over the long run for more than twenty countries. Saez will summarize the key empirical findings focusing particularly on the United States and discuss the role of technology and globalization, education, government regulations, and tax policy in explaining those empirical findings.

Friday, 12:15 PM to 1:15 PM: Lunch

Friday, 1:15 PM to 2:45 PM: Concurrent Sessions
Administrative Law and Crime
Civil Justice
Corporate Law and Governance I  
Family Law  
Voting Rights  

Friday, 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM: Concurrent Sessions
Bankruptcy II
Cool Stuff We Couldn't Classify
Corporate Law and Governance II
Criminal Justice
International / Comparative I
Intellectual Property I

Friday, 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM: Poster Sessions & Reception

Friday, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM: Dinner
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Saturday, 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM: Concurrent Sessions
Contracts I
Corporate Law and Governance III
Criminal Law
Human Rights
Judicial Politics
Lobbying and Antidiscrimination
Securities I

Saturday, 10:45 AM – 12:15 PM: Concurrent Sessions
Health and Tort Law
Intellectual Property II
Juries and Adjudication
Mergers and Acquisitions
Securities II

Saturday, 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM: Lunch

Saturday, 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM: Concurrent Sessions
Alcohol, Sports and Justice
Corporate Law and Governance IV
Evidence and Adjudication
Health and Privacy
Law and Politics
Securities III

Saturday, 3:15 PM – 4:45 PM: Concurrent Sessions
Contracts II
Corporate Law
International / Comparative II
Securities / IPO / VC