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The Performance of Professionals and Students in an Experimental Study of Lobbying

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  • Potters, J.J.M.
  • Winden, F.A.A.M. van

    (Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research)

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This paper reports on a series of signaling game experiments in which an informe d sender can send a costly message in order to persuade an uninformed responder.We compare t he behavior of two subjects pools: 143 undergraduate students and 30 public affairs official s that are professionally familiar with strategic information transmission.The experiments comprised two parameter treatments: one with low costs for sending messages, and one with high costs.Our main conclusion is that there are neither significant nor systematic differences in the behavior of the two subject-pools.

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Paper provided by Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research in its series Discussion Paper with number 1996-06.

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Date of creation: 1996
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Handle: RePEc:dgr:kubcen:199606

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Keywords: Game Theory; Lobbying;

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  1. Depositario, Dinah Pura T. & Nayga Jr., Rodolfo M. & Wu, Ximing & Laude, Tiffany P., 2009. "Should students be used as subjects in experimental auctions?," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 102(2), pages 122-124, February.

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