Encyclopedia of Law and Economics

2019 Edition
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Keeping Promises and Contracts

  • Sergio MittlaenderEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-7753-2_696


There are reasons for individuals to keep contractual promises beyond legal remedies and reputational concerns. This entry reviews the leading explanations of promise-keeping behavior as well as recent evidence for the latter as collected in laboratory experiments. In the end, it discusses avenues for future research and recent applications of the results collected so far for the design of contracts and their legal enforcement.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social PolicyMunichGermany