Duress in Contracts: An Economic Analysis

CONTRACT LAW AND ECONOMICS, Encyclopedia of Law and Economics, Second Edition Vol 6, pp. 57–79, Gerrit de Geest ed., Cheltenham, UK – Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar 2011

TILEC Discussion Paper No. 2009-041

20 Pages Posted: 4 Nov 2009 Last revised: 24 Aug 2011

See all articles by Péter Cserne

Péter Cserne

University of Aberdeen - School of Law; Tilburg Law and Economics Center (TILEC)

Date Written: November 2, 2009

Abstract

This paper is forthcoming as a chapter in Contract Law and Economics, ed. Gerrit de Geest (Cheltenham: Elgar 2009) [Elgar Encyclopedia of Law and Economics 2nd ed.] and its goal is to provide an overview of the economic analyses of contractual duress. The focus is on distinctive features of the economic perspective on the duress doctrine, as developed in the theoretical literature of law and economics. Before discussing the results of economic analysis, the legal background and some non-economic theories of duress are briefly presented.

Keywords: contact formation, holdup, duress, coercion, necessity, economic duress

JEL Classification: K00, K12

Suggested Citation

Cserne, Péter, Duress in Contracts: An Economic Analysis (November 2, 2009). CONTRACT LAW AND ECONOMICS, Encyclopedia of Law and Economics, Second Edition Vol 6, pp. 57–79, Gerrit de Geest ed., Cheltenham, UK – Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar 2011, TILEC Discussion Paper No. 2009-041, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1498236

Péter Cserne (Contact Author)

University of Aberdeen - School of Law ( email )

Taylor Building
King's College
Aberdeen, Scotland AB24 3UB
United Kingdom

Tilburg Law and Economics Center (TILEC) ( email )

Warandelaan 2
Tilburg, 5000 LE
Netherlands

Do you have a job opening that you would like to promote on SSRN?

Paper statistics

Downloads
535
Abstract Views
2,669
rank
75,080
PlumX Metrics