Assessing Access-to-Justice Outreach Strategies

Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics, Vol. 174 (1), pp. 34-63 (Jan. 2018)

U of Michigan Public Law Research Paper No. 589

U of Michigan Law & Econ Research Paper No. 18-005

29 Pages Posted: 5 Feb 2018 Last revised: 20 Apr 2018

J.J. Prescott

University of Michigan Law School

Date Written: January 2018

Abstract

The need for prospective beneficiaries to “take up” new programs is a common stumbling block for otherwise well-designed legal and policy innovations. I examine the take-up problem in the context of publicly provided court services and test the effectiveness of various outreach strategies that announce a newly available online court access platform. I study individuals with minor arrest warrants whose distrust of courts may dampen any take-up response. I partnered with a court to quasi-randomly assign outreach approaches to a cohort of individuals and find that outreach improves take-up, that the type of outreach matters, and that online platform access is itself effective.

Keywords: Take-Up, Access to Justice, RCT, Outreach, Warrants, Duration Models

JEL Classification: C41, C93, K14, K41, K42

Suggested Citation

Prescott, J.J., Assessing Access-to-Justice Outreach Strategies (January 2018). Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics, Vol. 174 (1), pp. 34-63 (Jan. 2018); U of Michigan Public Law Research Paper No. 589; U of Michigan Law & Econ Research Paper No. 18-005. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3108817 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3108817

J.J. Prescott (Contact Author)

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