Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/51555
Authors: 
Mendelski, Martin
Libman, Alexander
Year of Publication: 
2011
Series/Report no.: 
Working paper series // Frankfurt School of Finance & Management 175
Abstract: 
The 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.
Subjects: 
historical legacies
judicial performance
contextual factors
demand for litigation
Habsburg legacy
Ottoman legacy
JEL: 
K41
K42
N44
O17
P26
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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