Too Many Lawyers? Litigation in Italian Civil Courts

31 Pages Posted: 2 Sep 2010

Date Written: February 22, 2010

Abstract

In this paper we investigate the relationship between the number of lawyers and civil litigation across Italian provinces over the period 2000-2005. First, we 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 of 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 (February 22, 2010). Bank of Italy Temi di Discussione (Working Paper) No. 745. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1669988 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1669988

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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