Too Many Lawyers‘ Litigation in Italian Civil Courts

22 Pages Posted: 9 Jul 2009  

Amanda Carmignani

Bank of Italy

Silvia Giacomelli

Bank of Italy

Date Written: July 9, 2009

Abstract

In this paper we investigate the relationship between the number of lawyers and civil litigation across Italian provinces over the period 2000-2005. We first document the existence of a positive correlation between the number of lawyers and litigation. We then employ a 2SLS approach to verify the existence of a causal effect. We use as an exogenous source of variation for the number of lawyers the differences among provinces in the proximity to a law school in 1975. Our results show that the number of lawyers has a positive effect on litigation and that the magnitude of this effect is large.

Keywords: civil justice, litigation, market for lawyers

JEL Classification: K41, J44, L84

Suggested Citation

Carmignani, Amanda and Giacomelli, Silvia, Too Many Lawyers‘ Litigation in Italian Civil Courts (July 9, 2009). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1431986 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1431986

Amanda Carmignani (Contact Author)

Bank of Italy ( email )

Via Nazionale 91
00184 Roma
Italy

Silvia Giacomelli

Bank of Italy ( email )

Via Nazionale 91
Rome, 00184
Italy

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