Tort Reform...How Will We Know Whether It "Worked"?

A Summary of Research Results, 1987

by Stephen J. Carroll

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Many supporters of tort reform are looking for steeply declining liability insurance premiums as proof that reforms have been successful. But new data collection systems must be put into place before we can know how soon to expect changes, whether tort reform influenced outcomes, and whether tort reform affected economic behavior or injuries.

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