Is it better to have the first or the last word in debates? The answer, in two-round debates like common law trials, depends on whether litigants share the available evidence. If so, then litigants never prefer to present first, but may prefer to present second. However, litigants may otherwise prefer to present first because doing so replicates the follower’s ex ante optimal commitment.

The first and last word in debates: plaintive plaintiffs

D'Agostino, Elena;
2017

Abstract

Is it better to have the first or the last word in debates? The answer, in two-round debates like common law trials, depends on whether litigants share the available evidence. If so, then litigants never prefer to present first, but may prefer to present second. However, litigants may otherwise prefer to present first because doing so replicates the follower’s ex ante optimal commitment.
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