41 Pages Posted: 16 Apr 2008 Last revised: 9 Sep 2008
Date Written: April 15, 2008
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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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: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1121240 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1121240