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Shinnick, E;
2002
February
Regional Studies
Identifying spatial markets for personal legal services in Ireland
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market definition professions personal legal services PRICE-COST MARGINS DEFINITION EXTENT
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This paper attempts to identify possible spatial markets for the previously neglected area of personal legal services. The market for domestic conveyancing services is examined using data from a telephone survey of solicitor firms. The importance of correctly identifying conveyancing markets is illustrated by analysing summary characteristics of legal services with particular emphasis on an analysis of concentration. The implications of this analysis arise in the policy arena, where previous government attempts to deregulate this market failed. The results show that market structure is endogenous to market fundamentals and therefore arbitrary geographical boundaries are no basis for competition. It is suggested that the deregulation debate concerning this market be reopened.
DOI 10.1080/00343400220121936
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