Preliminary Empirics: Methodology and Communist Judges

in Measuring Judicial Independence

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print February 2003 | ISBN: 9780226703886
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226703879 | DOI:
Preliminary Empirics: Methodology and Communist Judges

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This chapter explains the book's method and illustrates it with some preliminary substantive results on salaries and job postings for members of the Young Jurists League (YJL). It begins by explaining econometric regression analysis for those who are unfamiliar with it. It then uses the simplest of regression models—ordinary least squares (OLS)—to ask whether the Secretariat has promoted leftist judges up the pay scale as quickly as other judges. The chapter finds that it did not. Holding constant proxies for judicial ability, it finds that leftists earned lower pay than their peers. Finally, the chapter outlines the format of the regressions that could be used further, and discusses what constitutes a successful career for a judge.

Keywords: communist judges; Young Jurists League; econometric regression analysis; ordinary least squares; promotion; pay scale

Chapter.  9704 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Law

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