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Likelihood Ratio Tests and Legal Decision Rules


Louis Kaplow


Harvard Law School; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

June 24, 2013

Forthcoming; American Law and Economics Review

Abstract:     
Various legal decision-making criteria can be formulated as likelihood ratio tests, wherein liability, prohibition, or other outcomes are associated with evidence strength exceeding a posited threshold. Stating rules in this manner clarifies their nature, facilitates the comparison of conventional and optimal rules as well as the identification of differences between rules across contexts, and provides further illumination in instances in which a decision standard is not truly a likelihood ratio test.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 28

JEL Classification: D81, K14, K41, K42

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Date posted: June 25, 2013  

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Kaplow, Louis, Likelihood Ratio Tests and Legal Decision Rules (June 24, 2013). Forthcoming; American Law and Economics Review. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2284035 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2284035

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