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The money-burning refinement: With an application to a political signalling game

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  • Hans Gersbach

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We define an equilibrium refinement in signalling games by allowing agents to refine the game by burning money whenever they can act. We apply the refinement in a model where the public is unsure about the ability of an agent, say a government, to foresee the effects of long-term decisions. A government with ample information about the consequences of decisions should invest either immediately or not at all. Poorly informed agents should wait for better information. We identify pooling equilibria in which excessive rush or waiting occurs. The money-burning refinement may eliminate both rash and waiting pooling equilibria, but it involves wasting money and, for high discount factors, a decrease in welfare. Copyright Springer-Verlag 2004

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Article provided by Springer in its journal International Journal of Games Theory.

Volume (Year): 33 (2004)
Issue (Month): 1 (January)
Pages: 67-87

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Handle: RePEc:spr:jogath:v:33:y:2004:i:1:p:67-87

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Keywords: C72; D72; D82; D83; Rush and delay; money-burning refinement; belief-change; signalling in politics;

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Cited by:
  1. Martin Gregor & Dalibor Roháč, 2009. "The Optimal State Aid Control: No Control," Working Papers IES 2009/14, Charles University Prague, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute of Economic Studies, revised Mar 2009.
  2. Klaas J. Beniers & Robert Dur, 2004. "Politicians’ Motivation, Political Culture, and Electoral Competition," CESifo Working Paper Series 1228, CESifo Group Munich.
  3. Hans Gersbach, 2009. "Campaigns, Political Mobility, and Communication," CESifo Working Paper Series 2834, CESifo Group Munich.
  4. Souza, Filipe & Rêgo, Leandro, 2012. "Mixed Equilibrium: When Burning Money is Rational," MPRA Paper 43410, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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