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Enforceable Contracts under Generalized Information of the Court

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  • Francesco Squintani

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Bernheim and Whinston (1997) (henceforth BW) formalize court's verifiability as a correspondence mapping actually played actions into events (i.e. sets of actions) verified by the court. Their normal-form analysis restricts attention to partitional product correspondences. They define any element in the partition a "complete" enforceable contract. After motivating the discussion of non-partitional and non-product correspondences by means of simple examples, we show that the BW approach may fail to capture all feasible outcomes for product non-partitional correspondences, and that is valid against all partitional non-product ones only if one allows for a joint liability regime. Even in the case of joint liability regimes, the BW approach may be extended only to deal with non-product or non-partitional correspondences. Therefore, a definition of enforceable contract that is independent of the players' payoffs may not capture all feasible outcomes.

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Paper provided by Northwestern University, Center for Mathematical Studies in Economics and Management Science in its series Discussion Papers with number 1268.

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Date of creation: Aug 1999
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Handle: RePEc:nwu:cmsems:1268

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  1. Monderer, Dov & Samet, Dov, 1989. "Approximating common knowledge with common beliefs," Games and Economic Behavior, Elsevier, vol. 1(2), pages 170-190, June.
  2. Paul R. Milgrom & John Roberts, 1985. "Relying on the Information of Interested Parties," Cowles Foundation Discussion Papers 749, Cowles Foundation for Research in Economics, Yale University.
  3. Geanakoplos & Adam Brandenburger & Eddie Dekel, 1988. "Correlated Equilibrium with Generalized Information Structures," Cowles Foundation Discussion Papers 884R, Cowles Foundation for Research in Economics, Yale University, revised Aug 1989.
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