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Contracting on Time

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  • Sergei Guriev
  • Dmitriy Kvasov

    (University of Adelaide)

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The paper shows how time considerations, especially those concerning contract duration, affect incomplete contract theory. Time is not only a dimension along which the relationship unfolds, but also a continuous verifiable variable that can be included in contracts. We consider a bilateral trade setting where contracting, investment, trade, and renegotiation take place in continuous time. We show that efficient investment can be induced either through a sequence of constantly renegotiated fixed-term contracts; or through a renegotiation-proof "evergreen" contract—a perpetual contract that allows unilateral termination with advance notice. We provide a detailed analysis of properties of optimal contracts.

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  • Sergei Guriev & Dmitriy Kvasov, 2005. "Contracting on Time," Sciences Po publications info:hdl:2441/4et5cqo2b89, Sciences Po.
  • Handle: RePEc:spo:wpmain:info:hdl:2441/4et5cqo2b89lursqp7n50mt26c
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    • D23 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Organizational Behavior; Transaction Costs; Property Rights
    • K12 - Law and Economics - - Basic Areas of Law - - - Contract Law
    • L14 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Transactional Relationships; Contracts and Reputation

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