Decision Making in the Absence of Successful Fact Finding: Theory and Experimental Evidence on Adversarial Versus Inquisitorial Systems of Adjudication
Jeffrey S. Parker
George Mason University School of Law
Michael K. Block
University of Arizona
International Review of Law and Economics, Vol. 24, No. 1, pp. 89-105, March 2004
George Mason Law & Economics Research Paper 00-23
In this paper we report on our experimental findings concerning the differences in decisional treatment between adversarial and inquisitorial systems where the proceedings fail to achieve explicit revelation of decisive facts. In particular, we use our data both: (1) to test the interesting hypothesis put forth by Shin (1998) that adversarial versus inquisitorial decision systems will differ in their reaction to the case of non-revelation in a predictably systematic manner; and (2) to shed some light on the purely distributional consequences of both procedures. While we find that our decision makers do not follow the inferential process postulated by Shin, it does appear that adversarial decision makers have a stronger tendency than inquisitorial decision makers to favor equal division of the amount at stake.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 18
Keywords: decision making, fact finding, adversarial inquisitorial, adjudication
JEL Classification: K41
Date posted: May 25, 2000 ; Last revised: December 4, 2007
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