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Mandanten von Anwälten wollen kein Stundenhonorar


  • Jo Seldeslachts


We analyse a client’s choice of contract in auctions where Dutch law firms compete for cases. In these auctions lawyers may submit bids with any fee arrangement they prefer. We find robust evidence that hourly rate bids are a client’s least-preferred choice. Our findings tentatively contradict lawyers’ often made argument that hourly rates are in a client’s best interest. Wir analysieren die Vertragswahl von Mandanten bei Auktionen, in denen niederländische Anwaltskanzleien um Fälle konkurrieren. Dabei können Anwälte Angebote mit der von ihnen bevorzugten Honorarregelung einreichen. Die Untersuchung bietet eindeutige Belege dafür, dass Angebote mit Stundenhonorar jene sind, die von den Mandanten am seltensten ausgewählt werden. Unsere Ergebnisse widersprechen dem von Anwälten oft vorgebrachten Argument, dass Stundenhonorare einen Vorteil für den Mandanten darstellen.

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  • Jo Seldeslachts, 2016. "Mandanten von Anwälten wollen kein Stundenhonorar," DIW Wochenbericht, DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research, vol. 83(10), pages 195-199.
  • Handle: RePEc:diw:diwwob:83-10-3

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    Lawyers’ fee arrangements; clients’ choices; discrete choice models;

    JEL classification:

    • C25 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Discrete Regression and Qualitative Choice Models; Discrete Regressors; Proportions; Probabilities
    • D43 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design - - - Oligopoly and Other Forms of Market Imperfection
    • K10 - Law and Economics - - Basic Areas of Law - - - General (Constitutional Law)
    • K40 - Law and Economics - - Legal Procedure, the Legal System, and Illegal Behavior - - - General


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