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Efficiency of liability rules: A reconsideration

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  • Satish Jain

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In the mainstream of law and economics the notion of negligence is defined as the failure to take at least the legally specified due care level. In the standard tort model, with this notion of negligence, the efficient liability rules are characterized by the condition of negligence liability, which requires that if one party is negligent and the other non-negligent then the entire accident loss must be borne by the negligent party. This paper is concerned with the question of efficiency of liability rules when the notion of negligence is defined as failure to take some cost-justified precaution. The main result of the paper shows that there does not exist any liability rule which is efficient when negligence is identified by the existence of some cost-justified untaken precaution.

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Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal The Journal of International Trade & Economic Development.

Volume (Year): 15 (2006)
Issue (Month): 3 ()
Pages: 359-373

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Keywords: Liability rules; efficient liability rules; notion of negligence; untaken precaution; negligence rule;

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  1. Steven Shavell, 2003. "Economic Analysis of Accident Law," NBER Working Papers 9694, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  2. Miceli, Thomas J., 1996. "Cause in fact, proximate cause, and the hand rule: Extending Grady's positive economic theory of negligence," International Review of Law and Economics, Elsevier, vol. 16(4), pages 473-482, December.
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