Too Many Lawyers? Litigation in Italian Civil Courts
31 Pages Posted: 2 Sep 2010
Date Written: February 22, 2010
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
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