A 2015 Survey of Forensic Economists: Their Methods, Estimates, and Perspectives

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Journal of Forensic Economics

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W. Fielding Rubel School of Business


Department of Business Administration


In January 2015, 590 e-mail invitations to complete an electronic survey were sent to NAFE (National Association of Forensic Economics) members. The response rate was approximately 33%, almost nine percentage points higher than the last paper survey administered in 2003. The survey covered many of the major topics included in earlier surveys, such as values of important economic variables (e.g., discount rates), trends in the practice of forensic economics (e.g., personal sources of earnings), and open-ended questions concerning ethics and reactions to the survey instrument. On the 2015 Survey instrument there were several new questions concerning such matters as how forensic economists perceive the role of vocational (rehabilitation) experts, the effects of the Affordable Care Act on loss estimates, how members charge for their services, and the size of respondents' practices.