Citations (132)



Foundations of Incomplete Contracts

Oliver Hart

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

John Moore

University of Edinburgh - Economics; London School of Economics

September 1998

NBER Working Paper No. w6726

In the last few years a new area has emerged in economic theory, which goes under the heading of 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.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 50

Open PDF in Browser Download This Paper

Date posted: August 30, 2000  

Suggested Citation

Hart , Oliver and Moore, John, Foundations of Incomplete Contracts (September 1998). NBER Working Paper No. w6726. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=226378

Contact Information

Oliver D. Hart (Contact Author)
Harvard University - Department of Economics ( email )
Littauer Center
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States
617-496-3461 (Phone)
617-495-7730 (Fax)
National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) ( email )
1050 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States
John Hardman Moore
University of Edinburgh - Economics ( email )
50 George Square
Edinburgh, EH8 9JY, Scotland
United Kingdom
London School of Economics ( email )
Houghton Street
London WC2A 2AE
United Kingdom
44-171-955-7550 (Phone)
44-171-831-1840 (Fax)
Feedback to SSRN

Paper statistics
Abstract Views: 2,552
Downloads: 106
Download Rank: 74,065
Citations:  132