ECON Seminar: Olivier Gossner (LSE)

Sabancı University

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Economics Seminar

The Robustness of Incomplete Codes of Law

Olivier Gossner

London School of Economics

Friday, May 14, 2010


FASS 2034


In order to be credible, a code of law must provide the right incentives to the players in every situation, hence define an equilibrium of the game defined by players' preferences. A difficulty in deigning such codes of law is that player's preferences can only be imperfectly known to the law maker. We examine the robustness of complete and incomplete codes of law to idiosyncratic individual preferences and incomplete information. We show that suitable incomplete codes of law are far more robust than complete codes of law.