What Is a Ricardian Contract?

6 Pages Posted: 13 Dec 2017

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Usman W. Chohan

UNSW Business School; Critical Blockchain Research Initiative (CBRI); Centre for Aerospace & Security Studies (CASS)

Date Written: December 11, 2017


Recent technological innovations have created room for the construction and implementation of “Ricardian” contracts, which are robust, transparent, and efficient contractual structures that can be expressed and executed in software. This discussion paper discusses the scope and functions of such contractual structures and considers their wider implementation and use given their reduced transaction costs, faster dispute resolution, better enforceability and enhanced transparency.

Keywords: Blockchain, Bitcoin, Cryptocurrency, Contracts, Legal, Law, Accounting, Smart Contract, Ricardian Contract, Digital, Innovation

Suggested Citation

Chohan, Usman W., What Is a Ricardian Contract? (December 11, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3085682 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3085682

Usman W. Chohan (Contact Author)

UNSW Business School ( email )

UNSW Business School
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Sydney, NSW 2052

Critical Blockchain Research Initiative (CBRI) ( email )

Centre for Aerospace & Security Studies (CASS) ( email )


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