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On the Optimal Scope of Negligence


Giuseppe Dari-Mattiacci


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


Review of Law and Economics, Vol. 1, No. 3, December 2005
George Mason Law & Economics Research Paper No. 04-39

Abstract:     
This article studies the optimal scope of negligence, considering which of the parties' precautionary measures should be included in the determination of negligence and which instead should be omitted. The analysis shows that the optimal scope of negligence balances the reduction of accident costs with the administrative costs of the system. This approach also provides insights on the notions of care and activity level and their boundaries, and on the choice between strict liability and negligence.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 31

Keywords: activity level, care, precaution, negligence, evolution of liability.

JEL Classification: K00, K13

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Date posted: September 17, 2004  

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Dari-Mattiacci, Giuseppe, On the Optimal Scope of Negligence. Review of Law and Economics, Vol. 1, No. 3, December 2005; George Mason Law & Economics Research Paper No. 04-39. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=592164 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.592164

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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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