Comparative versus Contributory Negligence: A Comparison of the Litigation Expenditures

Posted: 16 Oct 2012

Date Written: October 15, 2012

Abstract

The previous literature on comparative and contributory negligence points out that administrative costs are higher under comparative negligence because the courts must decide on the degree of negligence by both parties and not just whether the parties were negligent. In this article, I show that this finding is not necessarily correct. I use a rent seeking model to show that the litigation expenditures may be smaller under comparative negligence. The previous literature has focused on only one effect, while there may be three effects at play.

Keywords: contributory negligence, comparative negligence, rent seeking, litigation expenditures

JEL Classification: K13, K41

Suggested Citation

De Mot, Jef P. B., Comparative versus Contributory Negligence: A Comparison of the Litigation Expenditures (October 15, 2012). International Review of Law and Economics, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2162130

Jef P. B. De Mot (Contact Author)

Ghent University ( email )

Universiteitsstraat 4
Ghent, 9000
Belgium

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