Cognition and incomplete contracts

Jean Tirole*

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    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).

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)265-294
    Number of pages30
    JournalAmerican Economic Review
    Issue number1
    StatePublished - Mar 2009

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Economics and Econometrics


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