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Emotions in Litigation Contests

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  • Florian Baumann
  • Tim Friehe

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This paper introduces the concept of emotions into the standard litigation contest. Positive (negative) emotions emerge when litigants win (lose) at trial and are dependent in particular on the level of defendant fault. Our findings establish that standard results of litigation contests change significantly when emotions are taken into account. We show that emotions may increase or decrease individual and total equilibrium contest effort, introduce an asymmetry into the contest, and reinforce or weaken a plaintiff’s incentives to bring a suit. In addition, we consider how emotions impact on justice.

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Paper provided by CESifo Group Munich in its series CESifo Working Paper Series with number 3351.

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Date of creation: 2011
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Handle: RePEc:ces:ceswps:_3351

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Keywords: emotions; litigation contest; trial; defendant fault;

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