Empirical Studies of Contract
Zev J. Eigen
February 2, 2012
Annual Review of Law and Social Science, Forthcoming
Northwestern Law & Econ Research Paper No. 12-02
Since the mid 2000s, a cottage industry has slowly blossomed of empirical research dedicated to advancing accounts of contracts “on the books” — accounting for what contracts tend to purportedly obligate signers to do, and contracts “in action” — accounting for how contracting parties tend to behave. This article reviews this literature, which spans several disciplines, most notably law, economics, and management, identifying eight categories of empirical questions in common across all disciplines, highlighting key findings, points of consensus, and noting areas most pressingly in need of additional research.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 31
Keywords: contract, empirical, experiment, qualitative, quantitative, survey, overview, meta, review
JEL Classification: C00, C90, D03, D86, K12, Z13
Date posted: February 6, 2012
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