28 Pages Posted: 26 Feb 2015
Date Written: February 25, 2015
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: 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