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Damage Measures and Incomplete Contracts


  • Jim Leitzel


I present a model of two-party contracts that allows for incomplete specification of future states and actions. I examine various damage measures under the assumption that courts protect only reasonable reliance expenditures so that parties make efficient reliance choices. The expectations damage measure is preferred to the alternative damage measures no matter what the contractual terms are.

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  • Jim Leitzel, 1989. "Damage Measures and Incomplete Contracts," RAND Journal of Economics, The RAND Corporation, vol. 20(1), pages 92-101, Spring.
  • Handle: RePEc:rje:randje:v:20:y:1989:i:spring:p:92-101

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