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Social interactions and the content of legal opinions

Blanes i Vidal, Jordi and Leaver, Clare (2010) Social interactions and the content of legal opinions. London School of Economics and Political Science, Department of Management, London, UK.

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Abstract

We explore whether interactions between judges affect the citation content of legal opinions. Motivated by the economic and sociological literature on networks, we consider two possible mechanisms: knowledge diffusion - a judge is more likely to be aware of, and hence cite, a prior opinion if he has interacted with its author, and socialization - a judge is more likely to cite a prior opinion positively if he has interacted with its author. We find that English appellate judges randomly assigned to work with the author of a given opinion are more (less) likely to make a discretionary citation of that opinion that is positive (neutral) than judges without an interaction, providing support for the socialization mechanism.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Official URL: http://personal.lse.ac.uk/BLANESIV/citations.pdf
Additional Information: © 2010 The Authors
Library of Congress subject classification: K Law > K Law (General)
Journal of Economic Literature Classification System: K - Law and Economics > K4 - Legal Procedure, the Legal System, and Illegal Behavior > K40 - General
Z - Other Special Topics > Z1 - Cultural Economics; Economic Sociology; Economic Anthropology > Z13 - Social Norms and Social Capital; Social Networks
Sets: Research centres and groups > Managerial Economics and Strategy Group
Collections > Economists Online
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 26 Jan 2011 15:03
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/31724/

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