Advocatus, et non latro? Testing the Supplier-Induced-Demand Hypothesis for Italian Courts of Justice

We explore the relationship between litigation rates and the number of lawyers, in a typical supplier-induced demand (SID) frame. Drawing on an original panel dataset for the 169 Italian courts of justice between 2000 and 2007, we first document that the number of lawyers is positively correlated with different measures of litigation rate. Then, using an instrumental variables strategy we find that a 10 percent increase of lawyers over population is associated with an increase between 1.6 to 6 percent in civil litigation rates. Thus, our empirical analysis supports the SID hypothesis for the Italian lawyers: following an increase in their relative number, lawyers may exploit their informational advantage to induce clients to access to courts even when litigation is unnecessary or ineffective.


Issue Date:
2010-06
Publication Type:
Working or Discussion Paper
Record Identifier:
http://ageconsearch.umn.edu/record/90903
PURL Identifier:
http://purl.umn.edu/90903
Total Pages:
35
JEL Codes:
F22; J15; K42; R10
Series Statement:
GC
52.2010




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