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Litigation in Spain 2001-2010: Exploring the Market for Legal Services

28 Pages Posted: 26 Feb 2015  

Juan S. Mora-Sanguinetti

Banco de España - Research Department; OECD

Nuno M. Garoupa

Texas A&M University School of Law; Catholic University of Portugal (UCP) - Católica Global School of Law

Date Written: February 25, 2015

Abstract

There is empirical evidence of a cross-country positive association between the number of lawyers per capita and the extent of litigation. For instance, Spain has more litigation and more lawyers per capita than most OECD countries. How should this association be interpreted? In this paper we analyse the variation in both variables across Spanish provinces during the period 2001-2010, by means of an instrumental variable approach, to shed some light on the sources of the statistical association between them. Finally, implications of the results are discussed.

Keywords: lawyers, litigation, civil courts, instrumental variables

JEL Classification: K41, K42, J44, L84

Suggested Citation

Mora-Sanguinetti, Juan S. and Garoupa, Nuno M., Litigation in Spain 2001-2010: Exploring the Market for Legal Services (February 25, 2015). Banco de Espana Working Paper No. 1505. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2569572 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2569572

Juan S. Mora-Sanguinetti (Contact Author)

Banco de España - Research Department ( email )

Alcala 50
28014 Madrid
Spain

OECD ( email )

2 rue Andre Pascal
Paris Cedex 16, 75775
France

Nuno M. Garoupa

Texas A&M University School of Law ( email )

1515 Commerce St.
Fort Worth, TX 76102
United States

Catholic University of Portugal (UCP) - Católica Global School of Law ( email )

Lisboa
Portugal

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