Cognition and Incomplete Contracts
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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Volume (Year): 99 (2009)
Issue (Month): 1 (March)
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