General theory of legal design in law and economics framework of commercial contracting

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We need law and economics to do the scientific measurement necessary for legal design to be seen as on the stage of science. Law and economics—which is the application of economic theory, especially microeconomic theory, to the analysis and the practice of law--is a valid tool and approach to reflect on what should be empirically investigated in the practice of legal design. The neoclassical (mainstream) theoretical foundation of economic analysis of law is, however, at times far from reality as it often predicts uncooperative and even selfish behaviour. In real life people do cooperate, have empathy, emotions and even behave in an altruistic way. For those reasons, behavioural law and economics and conventional wisdom are needed to complement the teachings from standard theory in the field of commercial contracting.
Original languageEnglish
Peer-reviewed scientific journalJournal of Strategic Contracting and Negotiation
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)247-256
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 06.01.2022
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article - refereed


  • 513 Law
  • law and economics
  • theoretical basis for legal design
  • behavioral economics < theoretical perspective
  • contract theory < theoretical perspectives
  • commercial contracting < topics


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