SSRN, meet ChatGPT

Many academic law professors have left-leaning biases (to put it mildly) and spend significant amounts of time posing long-winded research questions and writing lengthy law review articles. (A few are even eloquent writers.) Likewise, ChatGPT is a left-leaning (see here, for example) “large language model” that can formulate grammatically correct answers to almost any question, even a Socratic one! So, when will ChatGPT have the ability to write up a theory article, conduct an empirical study, or build a new mathematical model? Could she (sorry, I like to think of ChatGPT as a “she”) one day generate her own novel research questions?

For my part, I have posted over five dozen papers on SSRN over the years, and of those 60+ papers, only seven pose an actual question in the title. In chronological order, my seven inquisitorial paper titles are as follows:

  1. An empirical analysis of judicial decrepitude at the U.S. Supreme Court: “The Most Senile Justice?” (2007)
  2. An applied game theory paper about Puerto Rico’s political status: “Is a Post-Colonial Puerto Rico Possible?” (2008)
  3. A book chapter about vampires and the law: “Buy or Bite?” (2013)
  4. A survey of the Prisoner’s Dilemma game and its relation to Coasian bargaining: “Does the Prisoner’s Dilemma Refute the Coase Theorem?” (2014)
  5. A normative paper about jury voting: “Why Don’t Juries Try ‘Range Voting’“? (2015)
  6. A purely theoretical paper about Newcomb’s paradox and the prediction theory of law: “Judge Hercules or Judge Bayes?” (2015/16)
  7. Two reviews of books about Adam Smith’s moral philosophy: “Do Grasshoppers Dream of Impartial Spectators?” (2021/22)

What would happen if we fed these questions into ChatGPT? Let’s find out! Starting on Monday 1/23, I will post ChatGPT’s natural-language responses to my seven scholarly queries.

About F. E. Guerra-Pujol

When I’m not blogging, I am a business law professor at the University of Central Florida.
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  1. Pingback: More Adventures in ChatGPT: Judge Hercules versus Judge Bayes | prior probability

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