Heuristics and the Lawby Gerd Gigerenzer
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… See more details below
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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Table of Contents
|1||Law and heuristics : an interdisciplinary venture||1|
|3||The problems with heuristics for law||45|
|4||Social dilemmas revisited from a heuristics perspective||61|
|5||Heuristics inside the firm : perspectives from behavioral law and economics||87|
|6||Group report : are heuristics a problem or a solution?|
|7||The optimal complexity of legal rules||141|
|8||Bottom-up versus top-down lawmaking||159|
|9||Evolutionary psychology, moral heuristics, and the law||175|
|10||The evolutionary and cultural origins of heuristics that influence lawmaking||207|
|11||Group report : what is the role of heuristics in making law?|
|12||Heuristics for applying laws to facts||259|
|13||Heuristics in procedural law||281|
|14||Train our jurors||303|
|15||Rules of evidence as heuristics - heuristics as rules of evidence||327|
|16||Group report : what is the role of heuristics in litigation?|
|17||Adapt or optimize? The psychology and economics of rules of evidence||379|
|18||Do legal rules rule behavior?||391|
|19||Should we use decision aids or gut feelings?||411|
|20||Law, information, and choice : capitalizing on heuristic habits of thought||425|
|21||Group report : how do heuristics mediate the impact of law on behavior?|
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