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An empirical assessment of the impact of formal versus informal dispute resolution on poverty: A governance-based approach
International Review of Law and Economics (2005)
  • Edgardo Buscaglia
  • Paul Stephan
Abstract

Based on governance-related criteria, this article provides the empirical jurimetric verification of the how, where, when and why alternative dispute resolution (ADR) mechanisms provide efficiency enhancing channels to redress grievances in less developed countries. Based on data collected in 16 developing jurisdictions through a representative sample of poor rural households, the analyses contained in this paper identifies criteria within which ADR enjoys a comparative advantage over court-based formal dispute resolution procedures. The piece further addresses comparative and competitive aspects of formal versus informal dispute resolution and provides policy recommendations in order for the state to “assimilate” lessons drawn from the functioning of informal mechanisms.

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Publication Date
March, 2005
Citation Information
Edgardo Buscaglia and Paul Stephan. "An empirical assessment of the impact of formal versus informal dispute resolution on poverty: A governance-based approach" International Review of Law and Economics Vol. 25 Iss. 3 (2005)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/edgardo_buscaglia/11/