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Punitive DamagesHow Juries Decide$
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Cass R. Sunstein, Reid Hastie, John W. Payne, David A. Schkade, and W. Kip Viscusi

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780226780146

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226780160.001.0001

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Overview: What We Did and What We Found

Overview: What We Did and What We Found

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Punitive Damages

Reid Hastie

University of Chicago Press

This book presents experiments that are simulations of the jury decision task. The simulation research strategy—which is used routinely in engineering, medical, and behavioral research—involves creating a situation that is analogous to a real situation, and then studying the phenomena of interest in the controlled situation. In the present experiments, every effort is made to ensure that the simulation was as realistic as possible. Most of the experimental cases are based on real, decided cases; jury instructions are taken directly from actual trials; and only citizens eligible to serve on real juries are sampled as research participants. The studies reported here use this method to examine the punitive damages decision in products liability and environmental damages torts.

Keywords:   jury decision, simulation strategy, punitive damages, controlled situation, research participants, product liability

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