Law v. Trust
Larry E. Ribstein (Deceased)
University of Illinois College of Law; PERC - Property and Environment Research Center
October 23, 2000
George Mason Law & Economics Research Paper No. 00-38
The special concept of trust does not provide a distinct justification for mandatory legal rules. Although regulation might lead parties to decide to rely on others, it does not produce the sort of transaction-cost-reducing trust that should matter for public policy - that is, trust based on altruism, norms, personal relationships, and social capital. Moreover, using mandatory rules to increase trust may have precisely the opposite effect of increasing distrust and undermining trust-creation devices. Thus, trust provides an additional argument in favor of enforcing contracts.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 34
JEL Classification: D6, G3, K0, K2, K3, L5
Date posted: October 26, 2000
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