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Measuring the gains from labor specialization

Coviello, Decio, Ichino, Andrea and Persico, Nicola (2019) Measuring the gains from labor specialization. CEP Discussion Papers (CEPDP1661). London School of Economics and Political Science. Centre for Economic Performance, London, UK.

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We estimate the productivity effects of labor specialization using a judicial environment that offers a quasi-experimental setting well suited to this purpose. Judges in this environment are randomly assigned many different types of cases. This assignment generates random streaks of same-type cases which create mini-specialization events unrelated to the characteristics of judges or cases. We estimate that when judges receive more cases of a certain type they become faster, i.e., more likely to close cases of that type in any one of the corresponding hearings. Quality, as measured by probability of an appeal, is not negatively affected.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2019 The Author(s)
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
JEL classification: J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J0 - General
K - Law and Economics > K0 - General
M - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting > M5 - Personnel Economics
Date Deposited: 17 Feb 2020 12:09
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 12:18

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