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Efficiency Effects of Punitive Damages

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This paper develops a typology of different behaviors that might be viewed as outrageous by a jury and subjected to punitive damages. The paper derives the level of punitive damages for achieving economic efficiency in four different situation - malice and three settings where a jury might find reckless disregard - a rational response to insufficient compensatory damages, a nonrational disregard to risk, and a rational response when compensatory damages are adequate.
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  • Peter Diamond, 1997. "Efficiency Effects of Punitive Damages," Working papers 97-17, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:mit:worpap:97-17
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    • K10 - Law and Economics - - Basic Areas of Law - - - General (Constitutional Law)
    • K13 - Law and Economics - - Basic Areas of Law - - - Tort Law and Product Liability; Forensic Economics

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