Decision Theory and Juror Decision-Making

  • Stuart Nagel
  • David Lamm
  • Marian Neef
Part of the Perspectives in Law & Psychology book series (PILP, volume 2)


This chapter has three purposes. The first purpose is to develop a method for determining the values of jurors regarding their propensities to convict or acquit. The second purpose is to use that method to determine how those propensities differ across types of jurors and cases, and how the propensities influence decisions. The third and main purpose is to discuss how such propensities can be brought more into line with the legal rules which specify that defendants should not be convicted unless they appear to be guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.


Decision Theory Threshold Probability Reasonable Doubt Payoff Matrix Error Cost 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stuart Nagel
    • 1
  • David Lamm
    • 2
  • Marian Neef
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceUniversity of IllinoisUrbanaUSA
  2. 2.Georgetown University Law SchoolUSA
  3. 3.Department of Public Administration, Baruch CollegeCity University of New YorkNew YorkUSA

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