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An Agenda for Future Research in Forensic Economics

Paper Session

Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020 10:15 AM - 12:15 PM (PDT)

Manchester Grand Hyatt, Marina
Hosted By: National Association of Forensic Economics
  • Chair: Steven J. Shapiro, New York Institute of Technology

An Agenda for Future Research in Forensic Economics: Setting Standards of Validity and Reliability in Measuring Progress

John O. Ward
University of Missouri-Kansas City


Over the past thirty years the field of forensic economics has generated a considerable literature of published and unpublished work. Some of that literature can be characterized as original research, but given the applied nature of our discipline much of that literature consists of practicums of how to perform personal injury, death and employment damages calculations. Practicums have the objectives of training, like a culinary arts text teaches cooking techniques. Research, on the other hand, establishes the foundations for the practicum’s content. This paper examines our progress in producing a research base for our discipline. The internal and external validity of that research and the reliability of the research results and the shortcomings of our past research will be discussed in suggesting an agenda for future research.

An Agenda for Future Research in Forensic Economics – Topics from NAFE Surveys

Frank L. Slesnick
Bellarmine University
Michael Brookshire
Brookshire Barrett & Associates LLC


For more than 25 years I have co-authored 10 surveys of NAFE members concerning a variety of topics, including areas they believe further research should be undertaken. This paper will summarize answers to this survey question as a helpful guide for researchers in forensic economics. In addition, I will propose some additional topics that I believe need to be examined.

An Agenda for Future Research in Forensic Economics: New Approaches to Viewing Controversial Topics

Steven J. Shapiro
New York Institute of Technology


From the vantage point of being a current editor of the Journal of Forensic Economics, this paper argues for a research agenda that is intended to fill in gaps in the body of literature that have developed in forensic economics. This paper makes suggestions for research that will help damages experts who are attempting to make intellectually honest efforts in advising factfinders about appropriate measures of damages.
Kevin E. Cahill
Boston College
JEL Classifications
  • K2 - Regulation and Business Law
  • K4 - Legal Procedure, the Legal System, and Illegal Behavior