In this paper, we investigate how loss aversion affects people's behavior in civil litigation. We find that a loss-averse plaintiff demands a higher offer for small claims to maintain her threat to proceed to trial compared to a loss- neutral plaintiff. For larger claims, a loss-averse plaintiff demands a lower offer to increase the settlement probability as loss pains her extra in trial. We also investigate how various policies affect loss-averse litigants' settlement decisions. Only a reduction in the asymmetry of information about trial odds uniformly leads to higher settlement rates.
|Place of Publication||Tilburg|
|Number of pages||28|
|Publication status||Published - 24 Mar 2020|
|Name||TILEC Discussion Paper Series|
- loss aversion
- Asymmetric Information