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Converting Sentiments to Dollars: Scaling and Incommensurability Problems in the Evaluation of Child Support Payments


Sanford L. Braver


Arizona State University (ASU) - Department of Psychology

Robert MacCoun


Stanford Law School

Ira Mark Ellman


Arizona State University College of Law; Arizona State University (ASU) - Department of Psychology

April 15, 2008

3rd Annual Conference on Empirical Legal Studies Papers

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We examine how ordinary citizens translate intuitions about child welfare and distributive justice into dollar amounts for post-divorce child support payments. Our analyses indicate that child support judgments are quite sensitive to anchoring and question-wording effects. Nevertheless, we find much that is both interpretable and principled in these judgments. For example, the amounts that citizens recommended in an open-ended format ("name") were nearly identical to the amounts other citizens selected from an array of choices in a multiple choice format ("choose").

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Date posted: April 16, 2008 ; Last revised: September 9, 2008

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Braver, Sanford L. and MacCoun, Robert and Ellman, Ira Mark, Converting Sentiments to Dollars: Scaling and Incommensurability Problems in the Evaluation of Child Support Payments (April 15, 2008). 3rd Annual Conference on Empirical Legal Studies Papers. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1121240 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1121240

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Sanford L. Braver (Contact Author)
Arizona State University (ASU) - Department of Psychology ( email )
Tempe, AZ 85287-1104
United States
Robert MacCoun
Stanford Law School ( email )
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Stanford, CA 94305-8610
United States

Ira Mark Ellman
Arizona State University College of Law ( email )
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Tempe, AZ 85287-7906
United States
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HOME PAGE: http://www.law.asu.edu/HomePages/Ellman/
Arizona State University (ASU) - Department of Psychology ( email )
Tempe, AZ 85287-1104
United States
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