Knowledge in Youth Is Wisdom in Age: An Empirical Study of Attorney Experience in Torts Litigation

36 Pages Posted: 9 Jul 2015 Last revised: 29 Jul 2019

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Yun-chien Chang

Academia Sinica - Institutum Iurisprudentiae (IIAS); New York University School of Law

Kong-Pin Chen

Academia Sinica - Research Center for Humanities and Social Sciences; National Taiwan University - Department of Economics

Chang‐Ching Lin

National Cheng Kung University

Date Written: June 19, 2019

Abstract

The effect of attorney experience in civil litigation has not been causally identified because attorneys everywhere are not randomly assigned to clients and detailed measures of jurist experience have not been available. Using a unique data set from Taiwan, we measured attorney experience by either the total number of civil cases they have represented from 2000 to 2014 or their number of years in practice. We argue that theoretically, there was hardly any case selection by litigants and litigators in Taiwan’s flat-fee attorney market. Combining these data with another unique data set we compiled from pain and suffering damages lawsuits regarding personal injury in weighted ordinary least square models after full matching and coarsened exact matching, we find that experienced plaintiff attorneys claim more than inexperienced ones.

Keywords: Pain and suffering damages, filing fee, attorney experience, claiming

JEL Classification: K13, K41

Suggested Citation

Chang, Yun-chien and Chen, Kong-Pin and Lin, Chang-Ching, Knowledge in Youth Is Wisdom in Age: An Empirical Study of Attorney Experience in Torts Litigation (June 19, 2019). NYU Law and Economics Research Paper No. 19-26. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2628171 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2628171

Yun-chien Chang (Contact Author)

Academia Sinica - Institutum Iurisprudentiae (IIAS) ( email )

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New York University School of Law ( email )

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Kong-Pin Chen

Academia Sinica - Research Center for Humanities and Social Sciences ( email )

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National Taiwan University - Department of Economics

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Chang-Ching Lin

National Cheng Kung University ( email )

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Tainan
Taiwan

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