Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics, Forthcoming
20 Pages Posted: 5 Aug 2011 Last revised: 27 Jan 2012
Recent empirical research has established what many assumed - few people read form-contracts. This research employs an online experimental design to fill gaps in the literature by asking two important questions: (1) To what extent does information about the exchange beyond the contract substitute for information in the contract, such that more external information reduces contract reading? (2) Is there a relationship between form-contract readership and contract performance? Results suggest that individuals spend almost three times more time reviewing form-contracts when less information is provided outside the contract, and that greater time spent reviewing form-contracts is associated with increased contract performance.
Keywords: contract, form-contract, adhesive, consumer, web, online, experiment, experimental, fine print, boilerplate
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Eigen, Zev J., Experimental Evidence of the Relationship between Reading the Fine Print and Performance of Form-Contract Terms. Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics, Forthcoming; Northwestern Public Law Research Paper No. 11-58; Northwestern Law & Econ Research Paper No. 11-24. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1905782
By Zev Eigen
By Zev Eigen