Cause and Effect in Contracting Trends

Dave Hoffman

Dave Hoffman is the Murray Shusterman Professor of Transactional and Business Law at Temple Law School. He specializes in law and psychology, contracts, and quantitative analysis of civil procedure. He currently teaches contracts, civil procedure, corporations, and law and economics.

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2 Responses

  1. Matt says:

    I think that whether Russia has, at this point, a “traditional patriarchal view of the family” is at least somewhat debatable. (In some ways it is, in my experience, more so than the US but in some ways much less so.) And the way divorce is treated is also quite different from in the US in some ways. But you’re right that few people there expect courts to treat a contract fairly, or put much faith in the courts. Sadly, this is for good reason. But I also wonder, given the really quite small percentage of people who get prenups in either country, whether we’re likely to find any consistent or deep reasons at all, as opposed to either not especially interesting one (more people are exposed to such ideas in the US, say) or a hodge-podge of idiosyncratic ones.

  2. Vladimir says:

    I would expect the prevalence of prenuptial agreements to hinge significantly on the wealth of the society involved. Prenuptial agreements divide money and property. The more money and property people have, the more likely they are to seek a prenuptial agreement. Russia is poorer than the U.S., so I would expect fewer prenuptial agreements there.