Lawyers’ Role-Induced Bias Arises Fast and Persists Despite Intervention
Harvard Law School John M. Olin Center Discussion Paper No. 1005
19 Pages Posted: 4 Jun 2019 Last revised: 9 Oct 2019
Date Written: May 15, 2019
Law students randomly assigned to represent one side in a legal argument in the classroom exhibit substantial role-induced prediction bias for their side within only 40 minutes of their role assignment. Reminding students that prediction requires a more neutral perspective than advocacy does not attenuate the bias. The bias occurs evenly in male and female participants, who also report equal confidence in their predictions.
Keywords: own-side bias, experiment, lawyers, legal argument
JEL Classification: D91, K40
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