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“Law and Economics” Literature and Ottoman Legal Studies

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  • Metin M. Cosgel

    (University of Connecticut)

  • Bogac A. Ergene

    (University of Vermont)

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This article considers the relevance of hypotheses developed in the "law and economics" literature regarding settlement/trial decisions in the Ottoman Empire. In particular, it explores the applicability of the "selection principle" and "50 percent plaintiff win-rate" formulated by George Priest and Benjamin Klein. The article also demonstrates how existing research based on Ottoman court records can contribute to the "law and economics" scholarship, which is dominated by research based on modern, Western contexts. The article utilizes the court records from eighteenth-century Kastamonu to make observations about settlement/litigation decisions in an Ottoman context.

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Paper provided by University of Connecticut, Department of Economics in its series Working papers with number 2013-02.

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Length: 42 pages
Date of creation: Feb 2013
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Handle: RePEc:uct:uconnp:2013-02

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Keywords: Islamic law; legal system; selection principle; Ottoman Empire; Kastamonu; litigation; settlement; trial;

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