Adversarial versus Inquisitorial Testimony

Emons, Winand; Fluet, Claude (September 2009). Adversarial versus Inquisitorial Testimony (Discussion Papers 09-04). Bern: Department of Economics

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An arbiter can decide a case on the basis of his priors, or the two parties to the conflict may present further evidence. The parties may misrepresent evidence in their favor at a cost. At equilibrium the two parties never testify together. When the evidence is much in favor of
one party, this party testifies. When the evidence is close to the prior mean, no party testifies. We compare this outcome under a purely adversarial procedure with the outcome under a purely inquisitorial procedure (Emons and Fluet 2009). We provide sufficient conditions
on when one procedure is better than the other one.

Item Type:

Working Paper

Division/Institute:

03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Department of Economics

UniBE Contributor:

Emons, Winand and Fluet, Claude

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 330 Economics

Series:

Discussion Papers

Publisher:

Department of Economics

Language:

English

Submitter:

Lars Tschannen

Date Deposited:

07 Oct 2020 15:33

Last Modified:

07 Oct 2020 15:33

JEL Classification:

D82, K41, K42

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.145719

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/145719

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