To Dollars from Sense: Qualitative to Quantitative Translation in Jury Damage Awards

28 Pages Posted: 23 Nov 2011

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Valerie P. Hans

Cornell University - School of Law

Valerie F. Reyna

Cornell University

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Date Written: December 2011

Abstract

This article offers a new multistage account of jury damage award decision making. Drawing on psychological and economic research on judgment, decision making, and numeracy, the model posits that jurors first make a categorical gist judgment that money damages are warranted, and then make an ordinal gist judgment ranking the damages deserved as low, medium, or high. They then construct numbers that fit the gist of the appropriate magnitude. The article employs data from jury decisionā€making research to explore the plausibility of the model.

Suggested Citation

Hans, Valerie P. and Reyna, Valerie F., To Dollars from Sense: Qualitative to Quantitative Translation in Jury Damage Awards (December 2011). Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, Vol. 8, pp. 120-147, 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1963633 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1740-1461.2011.01233.x

Valerie P. Hans (Contact Author)

Cornell University - School of Law ( email )

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Valerie F. Reyna

Cornell University ( email )

Ithaca, NY 14853
United States

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