Lawyers and Investment
This paper presents a model of lawyers and investment. Investors use litigation to enforce their financial contracts with entrepreneurs. Litigation is modeled as a contest in which both agents hire lawyers to increase their probability of winning the trial. The issue and the cost of the contest determine how much investors are willing to lend. The model predicts that (i) more lawyers are hired if judicial efficiency is lower or damages are higher; (ii) higher judicial efficiency, higher damages, and tighter restrictions on the supply of lawyers benefit investment. Thus, the number of lawyers can be negatively correlated with economic activity even though lawyers are assumed to be productive.
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Volume (Year): 9 (2014)
Issue (Month): 3 (January)
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- Amanda Carmignani & Silvia Giacomelli, 2010. "Too many lawyers? Litigation in Italian civil courts," Temi di discussione (Economic working papers) 745, Bank of Italy, Economic Research and International Relations Area.
- Massenot, Baptiste, 2011.
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- Massenot Baptiste, 2010. "Financial Development in Adversarial and Inquisitorial Legal Systems," Cahiers de Recherches Economiques du Département d'Econométrie et d'Economie politique (DEEP) 10.13, Université de Lausanne, Faculté des HEC, DEEP.
- Massenot, Baptiste, 2010. "Financial development in adversarial and inquisitorial legal systems," MPRA Paper 27098, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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