Ash, Elliott, Chen, Daniel L. and Naidu, Suresh (2022) Ideas Have Consequences : The Impact of Law and Economics on American Justice. TSE Working Paper, n. 22-1392, Toulouse

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This paper provides a quantitative analysis of the eects of the early law and economics movement on the U.S. judiciary. Using the universe of published opinions in U.S. Circuit Courts and 1 million District Court criminal sentencing decisions linked to judge identity, we estimate the eect of attendance in the controversial Manne economics training program, an intensive course attended by almost half of federal judges between 1976 and 1999. After attending economics training, participating judges use more economics language, render more conservative verdicts in economics cases, rule against regulatory/taxation agencies more often, and impose longer criminal sentences. These results are robust to adjusting for a wide variety of covariates that predict the timing of attendance. Non-Manne judges randomly exposed to Manne peers on previous cases increase their use of economics language in subsequent opinions, suggesting economics ideas diused throughout the judiciary.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Language: English
Date: December 2022
Place of Publication: Toulouse
JEL Classification: D7 - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making
K0 - General
Z1 - Cultural Economics; Economic Sociology; Economic Anthropology
Divisions: TSE-R (Toulouse)
Institution: Université Toulouse 1 Capitole
Site: UT1
Date Deposited: 15 Dec 2022 08:30
Last Modified: 01 Jun 2023 07:42
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