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The Impact of Legal Outcomes for Poor Tenants in New York City’s Housing Court: Results of a Randomized Experiment Carrol Seron Gregg Van Ryzin Martin.

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1 The Impact of Legal Outcomes for Poor Tenants in New York City’s Housing Court: Results of a Randomized Experiment Carrol Seron Gregg Van Ryzin Martin Frankel 報告人:黃適文

2 The goal of this paper Does the provision of legal counsel affect outcomes Does the provision of legal counsel produce delays and other inefficiencies 2

3 Abandoned goal Post-trial survey Compare the outcomes of different legal support Three level: fully representation, assistance or advice 3

4 Background New York’s Housing Court Representation rate: Tenant 12% V.S Landlord 98% 500,000 renters have income below poverty line 4

5 The pro bono project IOLA fund the project against Homelessness (Interest of Lawyer Accounts Fund) CLO as project coordinator (Community Law Office) Focus on eviction case 5

6 Method Began on Sep 13, 1993 through Jun 27, 1994 Selection of participant: (1) didn’t have attorney (2) met the federal poverty guideline (3) faced eviction Decide the level of intervention 6

7 Method Numbered envelop with instruction 189 “proceed/treatment” 188 “control” Randomly select 268 of them,134 each The same three judges in all cases 7

8 Representation rate 8

9 Findings 9

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11 Findings 11

12 Findings 12

13 Conclusion Represented tenants are less likely to have negative outcomes There is no negative influence on efficiency 13

14 Discussion Not general enough ( criteria & district ) Affected by judges and lawyers Remaining question: Follow-up survey & other form of legal aid 14


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