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Heuristics and the Law

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  • Gerd Gigerenzer
    () (Max Planck Institute for Human Development)
  • Christoph Engel
    () (Max Planck Institute for Human Development)

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In recent decades, the economists' concept of rational choice has dominated legal reasoning. And yet, in practical terms, neither the lawbreakers the law addresses nor officers of the law behave as the hyperrational beings postulated by rational choice. Critics of rational choice and believers in "fast and frugal heuristics" propose another approach: using certain formulations or general principles (heuristics) to help navigate in an environment that is not a well-ordered setting with an occasional disturbance, as described in the language of rational choice, but instead is fundamentally uncertain or characterized by an unmanageable degree of complexity. This is the intuition behind behavioral law and economics. In Heuristics and the Law, experts in law, psychology, and economics explore the conceptual and practical power of the heuristics approach in law. They discuss legal theory; modeling and predicting the problems the law purports to solve; the process of making law, in the legislature or in the courtroom; the application of existing law in the courts, particularly regarding the law of evidence; and implementation of the law and the impact of law on behavior.

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This book is provided by The MIT Press in its series MIT Press Books with number 0262072750 and published in 2006.

Volume: 1
Edition: 1
ISBN: 0-262-07275-0
Handle: RePEc:mtp:titles:0262072750

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Keywords: heuristics; law;

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  1. Christoph Engel, 2007. "Institutions for Intuitive Man," Working Paper Series of the Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods 2007_12, Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods.

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