Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Luppi & Parisi on Litigation and Legal Evolution

Professor Barbara Luppi (Universitå degli studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia Facolta di Economia) and Professor Francesco Parisi (University of Minnesota Law School) have posted "Litigation and Legal Evolution: Does Procedure Matter?" on SSRN.

The abstract states:

Gordon Tullock’s critique of the common law runs against much of the conventional wisdom in the law and economics literature. In this paper we revisit one of the most controversial aspects of Tullock’s critique. By applying Tullock’s own model of rent-seeking to litigation, we study the effect of alternative procedural rules on civil litigation. Our results provide support for Tullock’s controversial critique of the common law, revealing an evolutionary bias in the production of legal rules by courts. We extend the standard litigation model to study the effects of alternative procedural systems on the evolution of the common law.


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