ARCHIVED: Volunteers Still Needed for Economic Study of Law Book Pricing

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August 30, 2000

Chicago, August 30, 2000 -- Recently the American Association of Law Libraries announced the commissioning of a major economic study on law book pricing.

Although many librarians have already responded to the request for volunteers to participate in the study, there are still several spots available for those who would like to take part.

This is an important undertaking, and volunteer involvement is neither arduous nor time-consuming: a list of 500 representative titles (including Reporters, Codes, Digests, and Shepards, together with looseleaf services, newsletters, and supplemented treatises) has been created, and participants are simply being asked to indicate their holdings and cancellations of each title during the past ten years.

Mark McCabe (Professor of Economics at Georgia Institute of Technology and a former staff member at the U.S. Department of Justice) will use the information gathered from volunteer participants to help analyze the trends in law book pricing over the past decade and to study the impact that those price changes have had on library collections.