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Economic analysis of risk to goods in transit Anderson, Harold Andreas


The rules governing risk to goods in transit contained in the British Columbia Sale of Goods Act are based on a statute enacted in 1893. Although the method of transport as well as the types of goods being transported have changed significantly since that time, the rules have not been modified. The hypothesis explored in this thesis is whether rules governing risk to goods in transit drafted in the late nineteenth century represent efficient rules in the late twentieth century. The thesis applied economic analysis to the rules to test their efficiency. The rules were tested in the ocean transit environment. It was concluded that the rules were not efficient and required substantial modification. An efficient set of rules governing risk to goods in transit was advanced.

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