Does Increased Litigation Increase Justice in a Second-Best World?
Mercer University - Walter F. George School of Law
Todd J. Zywicki
George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty; PERC - Property and Environment Research Center
February 15, 2011
THE AMERICAN ILLNESS, Frank Buckley, ed., Yale University Press (2012).
George Mason Law & Economics Research Paper No. 11-09
Taking as given the claims of tort reform proponents, that increased tort liability in the past few decades has had deleterious effects on American productivity, consumer safety, etc., we consider whether proposed measures to increase access to the courts are likely to be beneficial, with a specific focus on third-party financing and lawyer advertising. We conclude that our current system is a second-best system and, applying the theory of the second-best, we conclude that increasing access would magnify the negative effects of increased tort liability and legal complexity.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 17
Keywords: American Bar Association Code of Professional Responsibility, attorney, Bates v. State Bar of Arizona, Brickman, civil procedure, Coharis, exceptionalism, external costs, forum-shopping, Internet, Kobayashi, meritless, Posner, price competition, procedural, quantity, Ribstein, substantive, Tullock
JEL Classification: K00, K13, K41
Date posted: February 17, 2011 ; Last revised: May 21, 2016