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Lucky You: Your Case is Heard by a Seasoned Panel - Panel Effects in the German Constitutional Court

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Engel,  Christoph
Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods, Max Planck Society;

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Engel, C. (2021). Lucky You: Your Case is Heard by a Seasoned Panel - Panel Effects in the German Constitutional Court.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0008-0635-6
Abstract
The German Constitutional Court is radically different from the (mostly US) courts in which panel effects have been studied so widely. On the one hand, to a large extent, ideo-logical and gender bias are neutralized by design. On the other hand, panels are not ran-domly composed. This makes it possible to study a panel effect that has escaped atten-tion. It results from the degree of familiarity among the judges on the bench. The longer their joint experience on the bench, the higher the chances that a complaint is successful. Regression discontinuity allows for a causal interpretation, at least near regular, exoge-nous recompositions of the bench.