Overview: What We Did and What We Found

Reid Hastie

in Punitive Damages

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print April 2002 | ISBN: 9780226780146
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226780160 | DOI:
Overview: What We Did and What We Found

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This book presents experiments that are simulations of the jury decision task. The simulation research strategy—which is used routinely in engineering, medical, and behavioral research—involves creating a situation that is analogous to a real situation, and then studying the phenomena of interest in the controlled situation. In the present experiments, every effort is made to ensure that the simulation was as realistic as possible. Most of the experimental cases are based on real, decided cases; jury instructions are taken directly from actual trials; and only citizens eligible to serve on real juries are sampled as research participants. The studies reported here use this method to examine the punitive damages decision in products liability and environmental damages torts.

Keywords: jury decision; simulation strategy; punitive damages; controlled situation; research participants; product liability

Chapter.  3337 words. 

Subjects: Company and Commercial Law

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