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Indiana University Bloomington

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The department is home to the authors of Managerial Economics and Business Strategy and Games and Information: An Introduction to Game Theory, two of the nation’s leading textbooks in the field.

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Book Chapters

Are Americans More Litigious? Some Quantitative Evidence

2012, An American Illness

Eric Bennett Rasmusen, J. Mark Ramseyer

Abstract

Many observers suggest that American citizens sue more readily than citizens elsewhere, and that American judges shape society more powerfully than judges elsewhere. We examine the problems involved in exploring these questions quantitatively. The data themselves indicate that American law’s notoriety does not result from how we handle routine disputes. Instead, it results from the peculiar and dysfunctional way American courts handle particular legal doctrines like class actions. 

Citation

Rasmusen, Eric Bennett and J. Mark Ramseyer (2012), "Are Americans More Litigious? Some Quantitative Evidence," in Frank Buckley (ed.), An American Illness, forthcoming.