The Effect of Learning Varies According to Locality: Micro Data Analysis of the Lawyer Market in Japan
By using individual level data, this paper attempts to examine how and to what extent behavior and perception of those bringing lawsuit’s differ between large district courts (competitive lawyer market) and medium or small district ones (less competitive lawyer market). The major findings are; (1) in medium or small but not in large districts, trial experience discourages persons from employing a lawyer. (2) A natural person is less likely to employ a lawyer than a legal person in medium or small districts, but not in large ones. (3) The self-rated cost of searching for a lawyer is lower in large districts than small ones. It follows from these results that the lower competitive pressure in the lawyer markets in medium and small districts results in higher costs of employing a lawyer than is found in large districts.
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