The Courtroom Comes to the Classroom: Estimating Economic Damages as an Instructional Device
Harvard Law School, Olin Center for Law, Economics and Business, Discussion Paper No. 234
Posted: 29 Mar 1999
Date Written: May 1998
A mock trial setting provides a superb opportunity for students to apply their economic knowledge. This format utilizes a team approach in which parties representing the plaintiff and defense provide calculations of economic damages, which are presented before a jury. Because this exercise replicates actual activities by economists in trial settings, it serves as a credible exercise for motivating economic students in general and pre-law students in particular. This article includes the background information needed to carry out such a classroom trial exercise.
JEL Classification: K00, A11
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