Journal Article

Likelihood Ratio Tests and Legal Decision Rules

Louis Kaplow

in American Law and Economics Review

Published on behalf of The American Law and Economics Association

Volume 16, issue 1, pages 1-39
Published in print March 2014 | ISSN: 1465-7252
Published online January 2014 | e-ISSN: 1465-7260 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/aler/aht020
Likelihood Ratio Tests and Legal Decision Rules

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Various legal decision-making criteria can be formulated as likelihood ratio tests, wherein liability, prohibition, or other outcomes are associated with evidence strength exceeding a posited threshold. Stating rules in this manner clarifies their nature, facilitates the comparison of conventional and optimal rules as well as the identification of differences between rules across contexts, and provides further illumination in instances in which a decision standard is not truly a likelihood ratio test.

Keywords: D81; K14; K41; K42

Journal Article.  14938 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Law and Economics ; Criminal Law ; Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainy

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