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Hardcover | $90.00 X | £50.95 | ISBN: 9780262025768 | 744 pp. | 7 x 9 in | 32 illus.| December 2004

Contract Theory

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About the Authors

Patrick Bolton is John H. Scully Professor of Finance at Princeton University and managing editor of The Journal of the European Economic Association.

Mathias Dewatripont is Professor at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, a Research Fellow at its European Centre for Advanced Research in Economics and Statistics (ECARES), and Research Director of the London-based Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR).


“An extremely impressive synthesis of the ideas that make up modern contract theory. It will undoubtedly be the definitive text on the topic for many years to come.”
Oliver Hart, Andrew E. Furer Professor of Economics, Harvard University
“Written by two pioneers in organizational economics and finance, this remarkable textbook is comprehensive yet accesible. For many years to come it will be a standard reference for students and researchers, from those advancing our empirical and theoretical knowledge in the field to scholars working in macroeconomics, industrial economics, economics and psychology, and other fields in which contract theory has become an important tool.”
Jean Tirole, Institut d'Economie Industrielle, Toulouse
Contract Theory provides the framework for understanding an enormous variety of economic phenomena, from insurance to the firm. Bolton and Dewatripont have long been leading architects of the theory and its application. What is remarkable about their text is how beautifully simple they make it all seem.”
Eric S. Maskin, A.O Hirschman Professor of Social Science, Institute for Advanced Study
“This is a masterful summary of the last 30 years of economic research on contract theory, written in clear and accessible prose.”
Hal Varian, Haas School of Business and Department of Economics, University of California, Berkeley
“This much-anticipated book on contract theory by two of the field's pioneers will fill a critical hole in graduate economics teahing. The authors have put much thought into synthesizing established ideas in a way that brings the research frontier up close. Comprehensive and rigorous, yet accesible, the book is bound to become the standard text in intermediate and advanced graduate courses on contract theory.”
Bengt Holmstrom, Paul A. Samuelson Professor of Economics, MIT
Contract Theory is certainly the most important textbook on the frontiers of microeconomics since Tirole's celebrated Theory of Industrial Organization. Bolton and Dewatripont have done a marvelous job of providing an exhaustive account of the field, using only very simple and self-contained models and relying on a whole battery of economic applications. All this contributes to making the book not only the unavoidable teaching and research reference on contract theory, but also a unique tribute to economics at its best.”
Philippe Aghion, Department of Economics, Harvard University
“This is as edifying a course on contract theory as a primer could ever hope to be—the little book that could.”
Bengt Holmstrom, Paul A. Samuelson Professor of Economics, MIT