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Judicial Incentives and Performance at Lower Courts: Evidence from Slovenian Judge-Level Data


Valentina P. Dimitrova-Grajzl


Virginia Military Institute

Peter Grajzl


Washington and Lee University - Department of Economics

Janez Sustersic


University of Primorska - Faculty of Management

Katarina Zajc


University of Ljubljana - Faculty of Law

November 3, 2011


Abstract:     
Empirical studies of judicial behavior using judge-level data are scarce and almost exclusively focused on higher court judges in the U.S. The majority of disputes in any legal system, however, are adjudicated by lower court judges and conclusions about judicial behavior from one legal system cannot be generalized to other legal systems. This paper draws on unique judge-level data to study judicial performance at lower courts in Slovenia, a post-socialist member state of the European Union struggling with implementation of an effective judicial system. We first examine the determinants of judicial productivity and elucidate the role of a judge's demographic characteristics, education, experience, salary, promotion concerns, and case specialization. We then explore the possible tradeoff between the quantity and quality of judicial case resolution, shedding light on the benefits and costs of those legal reform measures that aim to increase judicial productivity in Slovenian lower courts.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 35

Keywords: Judicial productivity, judge-level data, quantity-quality tradeoff

JEL Classification: K40, K49, P37

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Date posted: September 19, 2011 ; Last revised: November 3, 2011

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Dimitrova-Grajzl, Valentina P. and Grajzl, Peter and Sustersic, Janez and Zajc, Katarina, Judicial Incentives and Performance at Lower Courts: Evidence from Slovenian Judge-Level Data (November 3, 2011). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1930466 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1930466

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Valentina P. Dimitrova-Grajzl
Virginia Military Institute ( email )
Department of Economics and Business
Scott Shipp Hall
Lexington, VA 24450
United States
Peter Grajzl (Contact Author)
Washington and Lee University - Department of Economics ( email )
Lexington, VA 24450
United States
HOME PAGE: http://home.wlu.edu/~grajzlp/
Janez Sustersic
University of Primorska - Faculty of Management ( email )
Cankarjeva 5
Koper, SI-6000
Slovenia
HOME PAGE: http://www.fm-kp.si
Katarina Zajc
University of Ljubljana - Faculty of Law ( email )
Dunajska 104
1000 Ljubljana, 1000
Slovenia
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