Foundations of Incomplete Contracts

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Oliver Hart

Harvard University - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

John Moore

University of Edinburgh - Economics; London School of Economics

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Date Written: September 1998

Abstract

In the last few years, a new area has emerged in economic theory, which goes under the heading of 'incomplete contracting'. However, almost since its inception, the theory has been under attack for its lack of rigorous foundations. In this paper we evaluate some of the criticisms that have been made of the theory, in particular, those in Maskin and Tirole (1998a). In doing so, we develop a model that provides a rigorous foundation for the idea that contracts are incomplete.

JEL Classification: D20, D80, H11, H70, L22, P11

Suggested Citation

Hart, Oliver D. and Moore, John Hardman, Foundations of Incomplete Contracts (September 1998). LSE STICERD Research Paper No. TE358. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1160961

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