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Prosecutorial Retention: Signaling by Trial

Siddhartha Bandyopadhyay and Bryan McCannon ()

Discussion Papers from Department of Economics, University of Birmingham

Abstract: We examine how retention motives affect prosecutor behaviour under different evaluation criteria. In particular, we analyze how prosecutors of differing capabilities respond in choosing which cases to take to trail and which to plea bargain. We show how different criteria distort the mix of cases chosen for trail and that the direction of the distortion depends crucially on the evaluation tool used. Optimal evaluation metrics are derived that combine multiple signals of performance and are shown to achieve the first-best outcome.

Keywords: plea bargaining; prosecutor evaluation; retention; signaling (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: K41 D82 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2010-04
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