Die laesio enormis als enorme Läsion der sozialen Wohlfahrt? - Ein rechtsökonomischer Beitrag zur Handelsrechtsreform

Item Type Journal paper
Abstract The rule of laesio enormis has its origins in ancient Roman law and can be found e.g. in the Austrian Civil Code. Under this rule, a party may seek to have the contract cancelled where the value of the consideration owed by one party is more than double that of the other contracting party. The right would be triggered in the case of the purchase of a painting for a presumed market value of 100, where the true value (the painting is in fact from a famous artist) is 600. Accordingly, the vendee is dissuaded from investing into producing information because he is not guaranteed to recoup the costs he has incurred. By virtue of the laesio enormis rule the buying party will be inclined to offer at least 300; in doing so, he may be giving away valuable information by signalling to the seller that the painting has a higher value. Overall, this results in the underproduction of information and is detrimental for social welfare.
Authors Grechenig, Kristoffel
Projects Berndt, Thomas; Bertschinger, Urs; Gasser, Urs; Geiser, Thomas; Häusermann, Daniel M.; Hettich, Peter; Hilf, Marianne Johanna; Koller, Alfred; Kolmar, Martin; Möslein, Florian; Nobel, Peter; Roberto, Vito; Thouvenin, Florent; Thurman, James; van Aaken, Anne & Wildhaber, Isabelle (2010) Unternehmen - Recht, Innovation und Risiko [fundamental research project]
Journal or Publication Title Journal für Rechtspolitik (JRP)
Language German
Keywords information asymmetry, productive information, unproductive information, foreknowledge,
Subjects law
HSG Classification contribution to scientific community
Refereed No
Date 2006
Publisher Springer
Place of Publication Wien
Page Range 14-21
Number of Pages 8
ISSN 0943-4011
ISSN-Digital 1613-754X
Depositing User Kristoffel Grechenig
Date Deposited 28 Aug 2007 16:46
Last Modified 10 Feb 2010 23:38
URI: https://www.alexandria.unisg.ch/publications/39355


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Grechenig, Kristoffel (2006) Die laesio enormis als enorme Läsion der sozialen Wohlfahrt? - Ein rechtsökonomischer Beitrag zur Handelsrechtsreform. Journal für Rechtspolitik (JRP), 14-21. ISSN 0943-4011


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