Damages for Breach of Contract, Impossibility of Performance and Legal Enforceability
AbstractThis paper develops a game-theoretic model of a contract between a creditor and a debtor where equilibrium depends on the damage rule chosen for breach-of-contract situations, the use of impossibility-of-performance excuses and the level of legal contract enforceability. We find that, under perfect legal enforceability, the different alternative damage rules (based on expectation or reliance damages, with or without performance excuses) are able to induce an efficient performance by the contracting parties. But we also find that, if legal enforceability is imperfect, then a rule based on expectation damages with an excuse for impossibility of performance is able to work more efficiently than the other alternative damage rules.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Universidad del CEMA in its series CEMA Working Papers: Serie Documentos de Trabajo. with number 357.
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breach of contact; impossibility of performance; legal enforceability;
Other versions of this item:
- Coloma German, 2008. "Damages for Breach of Contract, Impossibility of Performance and Legal Enforceability," Review of Law & Economics, De Gruyter, vol. 4(1), pages 65-80, April.
- K12 - Law and Economics - - Basic Areas of Law - - - Contract Law
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