Heuristics and the Law

Heuristics and the Law

by Gerd Gigerenzer
     
 

ISBN-10: 0262072750

ISBN-13: 9780262072755

Pub. Date: 08/01/2006

Publisher: MIT Press

In recent decades, the economists' concept of rational choice has dominated legal reasoning. And yet, in practical terms, neither the lawbreakers the law addresses nor officers of the law behave as the hyperrational beings postulated by rational choice. Critics of rational choice and believers in "fast and frugal heuristics" propose another approach: using

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In recent decades, the economists' concept of rational choice has dominated legal reasoning. And yet, in practical terms, neither the lawbreakers the law addresses nor officers of the law behave as the hyperrational beings postulated by rational choice. Critics of rational choice and believers in "fast and frugal heuristics" propose another approach: using certain formulations or general principles (heuristics) to help navigate in an environment that is not a well-ordered setting with an occasional disturbance, as described in the language of rational choice, but instead is fundamentally uncertain or characterized by an unmanageable degree of complexity. This is the intuition behind behavioral law and economics. In Heuristics and the Law, experts in law, psychology, and economics explore the conceptual and practical power of the heuristics approach in law. They discuss legal theory; modeling and predicting the problems the law purports to solve; the process of making law, in the legislature or in the courtroom; the application of existing law in the courts, particularly regarding the law of evidence; and implementation of the law and the impact of law on behavior.Contributors:Ronald J. Allen, Hal R. Arkes, Peter Ayton, Susanne Baer,Martin Beckenkamp, Robert Cooter, Leda Cosmides, Mandeep K. Dhami, Robert C.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262072755
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
08/01/2006
Series:
Dahlem Workshop Reports
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
480
Sales rank:
1,419,296
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.25(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

1Law and heuristics : an interdisciplinary venture1
2Heuristics17
3The problems with heuristics for law45
4Social dilemmas revisited from a heuristics perspective61
5Heuristics inside the firm : perspectives from behavioral law and economics87
6Group report : are heuristics a problem or a solution?
7The optimal complexity of legal rules141
8Bottom-up versus top-down lawmaking159
9Evolutionary psychology, moral heuristics, and the law175
10The evolutionary and cultural origins of heuristics that influence lawmaking207
11Group report : what is the role of heuristics in making law?
12Heuristics for applying laws to facts259
13Heuristics in procedural law281
14Train our jurors303
15Rules of evidence as heuristics - heuristics as rules of evidence327
16Group report : what is the role of heuristics in litigation?
17Adapt or optimize? The psychology and economics of rules of evidence379
18Do legal rules rule behavior?391
19Should we use decision aids or gut feelings?411
20Law, information, and choice : capitalizing on heuristic habits of thought425
21Group report : how do heuristics mediate the impact of law on behavior?

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