JUDGING UNDER PUBLIC PRESSURE

Alma Cohen, Zvika Neeman, Florian Auferoth

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Abstract

We study the circumstances under which public pressure affects judging. We show that crowd pressure biases decisions in favor of the crowd for “subjective decisions” with respect to which the judge has more discretion but not for “objective decisions.” The bias is strengthened after a judge’s error against the crowd and when errors are costlier to the crowd. We use data about referees’ decisions and errors from the Bundesliga. We exploit three regimes where, due to the introduction of Video Assistance Refereeing (VAR) and COVID-19, both crowd pressure and the likelihood of errors vary.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)151-166
Number of pages16
JournalReview of Economics and Statistics
Volume106
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2024

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