Inducements to Advocacy: The Economist as Independent Expert
MacKie-Mason, Jeffrey K.; Pfau, Richard A.
in The Expert Economist in Antitrust Litigation, Daniel Slottje, ed. Amsterdam: North-Holland, 1999. <http://hdl.handle.net/2027.42/50449>
AbstractThe appropriate role of the economic expert in antitrust litigation is to seek the truth, whereas the role for the attorneys is to seek the best possible outcome possible for the client. Yet the attorneys hire the economic experts, and the experts often work closely in many aspects of researching and developing the client's case. Can an expert economist provide an independent, professionally respectable opinion in this setting fraught with advocacy? We discuss the inducements to advocacy faced by economists who testify in antitrust proceedings, and ways in which a practicing economic expert might counter these inducements. We discuss two cases in which we have been involved to illustrate some of the important issues.
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