History matters, but how? An example of Ottoman and Habsburg legacies and judicial performance in Romania
AbstractThe paper examines the interdependence of historical legacies and current contextual factors as determinants of economic and political performance. It shows that behavioral patterns based on identical legacies could lead to very different (if not the opposite) results in regions with different contextual socioeconomic characteristics. Specifically, the paper compares the demand for litigation as an important aspect of judicial performance in two different historical and cultural regions of Romania, which have been in the past under indirect Ottoman rule and part of the Habsburg Empire respectively. Although Romania is currently a centralized state with common judicial system, both parts of the country inherited substantially different legacies from the history. We find that while in rich regions Habsburg legacy leads to higher demand for litigation than the Ottoman, in poor regions the situation is reversed. The results remain robust for various specifications, controls and estimation techniques. --
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Date of creation: 2011
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historical legacies; judicial performance; contextual factors; demand for litigation; Habsburg legacy; Ottoman legacy;
Find related papers by JEL classification:
- K41 - Law and Economics - - Legal Procedure, the Legal System, and Illegal Behavior - - - Litigation Process
- K42 - Law and Economics - - Legal Procedure, the Legal System, and Illegal Behavior - - - Illegal Behavior and the Enforcement of Law
- N44 - Economic History - - Government, War, Law, International Relations, and Regulation - - - Europe: 1913-
- O17 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Formal and Informal Sectors; Shadow Economy; Institutional Arrangements
- P26 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Systems and Transition Economies - - - Political Economy
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- NEP-ALL-2011-11-28 (All new papers)
- NEP-CBE-2011-11-28 (Cognitive & Behavioural Economics)
- NEP-HIS-2011-11-28 (Business, Economic & Financial History)
- NEP-TRA-2011-11-28 (Transition Economics)
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