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Improving Labor Courts: The Effects of Publicly Provided Lawyers and Statistical Information in Mexico

Location: Mexico
Research Initiative: Governance Initiative

Labor courts are essential for well-functioning labor markets and the provision of justice. In Mexico, labor courts are characterized by long delays in trials, low settlement rates, misinformation and overconfidence among plaintiffs, and lawsuit inflation. In partnership with the Mexico City Labor Court, researchers are conducting a randomized evaluation to examine whether these problems can be amelieroated by encouraging potential plantiffs to consult with public lawyer and/or providing personalized statistical predictions of expected case outcomes and legally-mandated entitlements. Researchers will measure the impact of these interventions on pre-trial settlement rates, case duration, the amounts won by plaintiffs, lawsuit quality, expectations of parties about winnings, post-case satisfaction, and measures of consumption and employment.