Contract Remedies: A Survey and Critique

Boudewijn Bouckaert and Gerrit De Geest (eds.), Encyclopedia of Law & Economics, Edward Elgar, Cheltemham, 1997, No. 7400

Posted: 10 Mar 1997

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Paul G. Mahoney

University of Virginia School of Law

Abstract

This paper surveys and analyzes the substantial literature on optimal remedies for contract breach in a variety of settings. It begins with a standard analysis of the behavioral effects of expectation and reliance damages, then discusses the application of these damage measures in a world where courts are not perfectly informed about the parties' valuations of the contract. When valuation problems are extreme, courts may turn to alternative remedies such as specific performance, or parties may attempt to solve the problem themselves through liquidated damages clauses. The paper considers whether these solutions to the valuation problem alleviate or exacerbate opportunistic behavior by the parties. It also highlights the recent contributions that game theory and options theory have made to the understanding or remedial choices.

JEL Classification: K12

Suggested Citation

Mahoney, Paul G., Contract Remedies: A Survey and Critique. Boudewijn Bouckaert and Gerrit De Geest (eds.), Encyclopedia of Law & Economics, Edward Elgar, Cheltemham, 1997, No. 7400, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=10346

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