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Modelling effective legal aid system

Waldemar Florczak ()
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Waldemar Florczak: Jagiellonian University

Ekonomia i Prawo, 2016, vol. 15, issue 3, 317-334

Abstract: Aim: This article presents a theoretical model that enables achievement of macroeconomic efficiency of the legal aid system by means of adjusting supply to the pre-determined demand. Results: Main deterministic components of aggregate demand for legal aid are defined using a shift-share type framework. The knowledge of its parameters makes it possible to estimate expected demand for legal aid in response to various formulae of possible reforms of the system. Motivation: Estimates of demand serve to compute legal aid supply that minimizes social costs of legal aid provision. This task is accomplished by means of the so called assignment problem originating the field of operational research. Providers are divided in line with their average productivities in solving appropriate legal cases and the aggregate personal costs of legal aid provision are subject to minimization.

Keywords: publicly provided goods; legal aid; supply and demand for legal aid; determinants of demand for legal aid; assignment problem; cost minimization (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C29 C53 C61 H44 H50 K20 L51 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016
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