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Do sentencing guidelines result in lower inter-judge disparity? Evidence from framed field experiment

Cécile Bourreau-Dubois, Myriam Doriat-Duban (), Bruno Jeandidier () and Jean Ray
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Cécile Bourreau-Dubois: BETA - Bureau d'Économie Théorique et Appliquée - UL - Université de Lorraine - UNISTRA - Université de Strasbourg - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - INRAE - Institut National de Recherche pour l’Agriculture, l’Alimentation et l’Environnement
Myriam Doriat-Duban: BETA - Bureau d'Économie Théorique et Appliquée - UL - Université de Lorraine - UNISTRA - Université de Strasbourg - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - INRAE - Institut National de Recherche pour l’Agriculture, l’Alimentation et l’Environnement
Jean Ray: BETA - Bureau d'Économie Théorique et Appliquée - UL - Université de Lorraine - UNISTRA - Université de Strasbourg - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - INRAE - Institut National de Recherche pour l’Agriculture, l’Alimentation et l’Environnement

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Abstract: We study decision-making of judges in an experimental settingresembling real world judicial decision making.We gave to 312 future judges48 vignettes built from real datarelated to divorce cases involving children. Wecompare two different subject pools: judges who were asked to set child support awards with a guideline andjudgeswho were asked to set child support awardswithout any guideline.We foundthat the introductionof a guideline contributes to reduce the disparity between judges (i.e. the variance for like cases is lower when the subjects have the opportunity to use the guideline) but this effect is not systematic, an increase in heterogeneity being observed for some specific cases.

Keywords: Controlled experiment; Field experiment; Judicial sentencing; Child support (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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Published in 2020

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