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.
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)|
|Additional Information:||© 2010 The Authors|
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||courts and judges, discretionary citations, social interactions|
|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
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