Economic Science and Hedonic Damage Analysis in Light of Daubert V. Merrell Dow
22 Pages Posted: 17 Apr 1997
Date Written: April 1997
The 1993 landmark United States Supreme Court decision in Daubert v. Merrell Dow set out specific criteria for admission of expert testimony. A crucial question for economists raised by the decision is how damage analysis by economists might be impacted by theses new rules. To the extent that the courts have applied Daubert to decisions on the admissibility of economic testimony in the three years since Daubert, it has been almost exclusively in the area of "hedonic damages." In a number of cases, courts have ruled that "hedonic damage" testimony does not meet the requirements of the Daubert decision. Only one has contained even an inference of probable acceptance of "hedonic damages." This paper reviews the cases individually and examines the rationales by which the courts have denied admissibility to "hedonic damage" testimony in an attempt to garner insight into the potential impact of Daubert on testimony by economic experts.
JEL Classification: K40
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