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Accuracy in the Determination of Liability

  • Kaplow, Louis
  • Shavell, Steven

Many legal rules, notably rules of procedure and evidence, are concerned with achieving accuracy in the outcome of adjudication. In this article, we study accuracy in the conventional model of law enforcement. We consider why reducing error in determining liability is socially valuable and how error and its reduction affect the optimal probability and magnitude of sanctions.

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Article provided by University of Chicago Press in its journal Journal of Law & Economics.

Volume (Year): 37 (1994)
Issue (Month): 1 (April)
Pages: 1-15

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Handle: RePEc:ucp:jlawec:v:37:y:1994:i:1:p:1-15
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