Dateline: January, 2009, Issue 4

How does a juror's occupation affect damage awards?

Denove and Imwinkelried (1995) report that white-collar workers award lower damages than blue-collar workers for emotional injuries, but this pattern is reversed for physical injuries.

Goodman and colleagues (1990) found that females employed as general professionals, technical professionals, business professionals or managers-supervisors awarded higher damages than females employed as clerical workers or craftworkers-laborers. Among males, those employed as general professionals were significantly more likely than those employed as technical professionals to award larger amounts.

Source Denove, C. F. & Imwinkelried, E. J. (1995). Jury selection: An empirical investigation of demographic bias. American Journal of Trial Advocacy, 19, pp. 285-336.

Source Goodman, J., Loftus, E. F., & Greene, E. L. (1990). Matters of money: Voir dire in civil cases. Forensic Reports, 3, pp. 303-329.