A Model of Hierarchical Judicial Auditing


Posted: 8 Feb 1998

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Eric L. Talley

Columbia University - School of Law; European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI)


This note develops a general game-theoretic framework for a model of auditing within a two-tiered judicial hierarchy. Using this framework, I characterize the equilibrium allocation of "real" versus "formal" authority between a lower court and a higher court, when the latter faces costs in reviewing lower court opinions. In particular, I study the equilibrium comparative statics relationship between (1) the costs of reviewing, (2) differences in "ideology" between the lower and higher court, and (3) the magnitude of measurement error within the lower court.

Suggested Citation

Talley, Eric L., A Model of Hierarchical Judicial Auditing. 97-25, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=57961

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