Statutory Construction in Federal Appellate Tax Cases: The Effect of Judges' Social Backgrounds and of Other Aspects of Litigation
Daniel M. Schneider
Northern Illinois University - College of Law
Journal of Law & Policy, Vol. 13, 2003
"Statutory Construction" examines the effect of judges' social backgrounds on the method of statutory construction used to justify decisions in a database of federal appellate tax cases. It concludes that social backgrounds have a modest effect. Relatively few descriptive statistics were statistically significant, as was also true of predictive statistics. Results regarding aspects of the case, such as the type of taxpayer (e.g., individual, business) or representation by a lawyer, were more robust. These results are consistent with earlier research by the author on the same topic, in a database of federal trial tax cases.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 48
Keywords: Statutory construction, empirical, federal appeals, judges, social background, judges' social background
JEL Classification: H2, H1, H8, K2Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: December 30, 2003
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