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Are Americans More Litigious? Some Quantitative Evidence


Eric Bennett Rasmusen


Indiana University - Kelley School of Business - Department of Business Economics & Public Policy

J. Mark Ramseyer


Harvard Law School

January 8, 2010


Abstract:     
Many observers suggest that American citizens sue more readily than citizens elsewhere, and that American judges shape society more powerfully than judges elsewhere. We examine the problems involved in exploring these questions quantitatively. The data themselves indicate that American law’s notoriety does not result from how we handle routine disputes. Instead, it results from the peculiar and dysfunctional way American courts handle particular legal doctrines like class actions.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 25

Keywords: Litigation, law industry, international

JEL Classification: K40

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Date posted: August 9, 2011  

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Rasmusen, Eric Bennett and Ramseyer, J. Mark, Are Americans More Litigious? Some Quantitative Evidence (January 8, 2010). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1907203 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1907203

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