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Soft Negligence and Cause in Fact: A Comment on Ganuza and Gomez


Giuseppe Dari-Mattiacci


University of Amsterdam - Amsterdam Center for Law and Economics (ACLE); Tinbergen Institute

September 2004

George Mason Law & Economics Research Paper No. 04-37

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Lowering the standard of negligence below the first-best socially optimal level has been shown by Ganuza and Gomez (2004) to increase the level of care taken by judgment proof injurers. In this paper, I consider a more complex model of negligence in which cause in fact is taken into account, and I show that this conclusion holds when the injurer's care reduces the magnitude of the accidental harm but not when the injurer's care reduces the probability of the accident. Thus, such soft negligence strategies aimed at tackling the adverse effects of judgment proofness need to be conditioned to the accident prevention technology available to injurers.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 11

Keywords: insolvency, judgment proof, liability, insolvency, cause in fact, soft negligence

JEL Classification: K13, K32

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Date posted: September 13, 2004  

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Dari-Mattiacci, Giuseppe, Soft Negligence and Cause in Fact: A Comment on Ganuza and Gomez (September 2004). George Mason Law & Economics Research Paper No. 04-37. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=589324 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.589324

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Giuseppe Dari-Mattiacci (Contact Author)
University of Amsterdam - Amsterdam Center for Law and Economics (ACLE) ( email )
Roeterstraat 11
Amsterdam, 1018WB
Netherlands
HOME PAGE: http://darimattiacci.acle.nl
Tinbergen Institute
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Amsterdam, 1018 WB
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