Encyclopedia of Law and Economics

2019 Edition
| Editors: Alain Marciano, Giovanni Battista Ramello


  • Samuel FereyEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-7753-2_633


Causation is often said to be one of the most intricate issues in private law. This entry deals with how causation is considered from a law and economics point of view and contributes to enhance our understanding of causation requirements in the law. First, it deals with the main distinction between ex ante and ex post approach of causation. This leads to study the relationships between causation requirements and efficiency, and the concept of scope of liability is discussed. Then, this economic approach is extended to more difficult cases implying uncertainty. Last, it provides some insights on how these findings remain relevant when considering bounded rationality.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.CNRS, BETAUniversity of LorraineNancyFrance