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Victim Interdependence in the Accident Setting


  • Tim Friehe

    (Eberhard Karls University Tübingen)


This paper considers the case that potential victims affect each other by taking care. Analyzing standard liability rules, we show that strict liability with a defense of contributory negligence is in the best position to induce the efficient outcome, i.e., this liability rule ensures efficiency if victims affect each other negatively - care by one victim increases the accident exposure of other victims - and makes the attainment likely if victims affect each other positively - if care by one victim decreases the accident exposure of other victims. In contrast, the other standard liability rules fail to induce first-best care.

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  • Tim Friehe, "undated". "Victim Interdependence in the Accident Setting," German Working Papers in Law and Economics 2008-1-1217, Berkeley Electronic Press.
  • Handle: RePEc:bep:dewple:2008-1-1217
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    1. Friehe, Tim & Langlais, Eric, 2015. "On the political economy of public safety investments," International Review of Law and Economics, Elsevier, vol. 41(C), pages 7-16.


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