Texas Law Review
Contract interpretation is an understudied topic in the economic analysis of contract law. This Article combines simple formal analysis of the tradeoffs involved in interpretation with applications to the principal doctrines of contract interpretation, including the 'four corners" rule, mutual mistake, contra proferentum, and what I call the (informal but very important) rule of "extrinsic nonevidence." Gap filling is distinguished, and the relativity of interpretive doctrines to the interpretive medium-jurors, arbitrators, and judges in different kinds of judicial systems-is emphasized.
Richard A. Posner, "The Law and Economics of Contract Interpretation," 83 Texas Law Review 1581 (2004).