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Cognition and Incomplete Contracts

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  • Tirole, Jean

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Thinking about contingencies, designing covenants, and seeing through their implications is costly. Parties to a contract accordingly use heuristics and leave it incomplete. The paper develops a model of limited cognition and examines its consequences for contractual design. (JEL D23, D82, D86, L22)

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Paper provided by Institut d'Économie Industrielle (IDEI), Toulouse in its series IDEI Working Papers with number 453.

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Date of creation: Feb 2008
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Publication status: Published in American Economic Review, vol.�99, n°1, mars 2009, p.�265-294.
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