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Are Americans More Litigious? Some Quantitative Evidence

25 Pages Posted: 9 Aug 2011  

Eric Bennett Rasmusen

Indiana University - Kelley School of Business - Department of Business Economics & Public Policy

J. Mark Ramseyer

Harvard Law School

Date Written: January 8, 2010

Abstract

Many observers suggest that American citizens sue more readily than citizens elsewhere, and that American judges shape society more powerfully than judges elsewhere. We examine the problems involved in exploring these questions quantitatively. The data themselves indicate that American law’s notoriety does not result from how we handle routine disputes. Instead, it results from the peculiar and dysfunctional way American courts handle particular legal doctrines like class actions.

Keywords: Litigation, law industry, international

JEL Classification: K40

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Rasmusen, Eric Bennett and Ramseyer, J. Mark, Are Americans More Litigious? Some Quantitative Evidence (January 8, 2010). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1907203 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1907203

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