Damages: Estimating Pecuniary Loss

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Damages: Estimating Pecuniary Loss (Chapter 11)

by Cara L. Brown

Chapter 11 - Calculating Damages in Wrongful Dismissal, Wrongful Confinement, Wrongful Imprisonment, Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Cases

Chapter 11 shows how the methodologies used to assess loss of income can be extrapolated to quantify pecuniary damages for more unusual cases. Extensive socio-economic data is presented that illustrates how family members of those who are wrongfully imprisoned may suffer pecuniary loss vis--vis tied migration and intermittent labour force participation. A survey of the economic literature regarding the economic effects of sexual assault on victims, and original data is derived from Cycle 8 of Statistics Canada's General Social Survey (GSS) showing statistics regarding the age composition, geographic region, marital status, educational attainment, and occupational attainment of sexually assaulted females in Canada. The chapter concludes with a survey of the socio-economic literature regarding the economic effect of sexual harassment on victims.