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Rational and Boundedly Rational Behavior in Sender-receiver Games

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  • Massimiliano Landi

    (SMU)

  • Domenico Colucci

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We consider a signalling game in which a population of receivers decide on the outcome by majority rule, sender and receivers have conflicting interests, and there is uncertainty about both players types. We model players rationality along the lines of recent findings in behavioral game theory. We characterize the structure of the equilibria in the reduced game so obtained. We find that all pure strategy equilibria are consistent with successful attempts to mislead the receivers, and relate them to the message bin Laden sent on the eve of the 2004 US Presidential elections. The same result holds if we allow for some uncertainty about the sign of the correlation between the senders and the receivers payoffs.

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Paper provided by East Asian Bureau of Economic Research in its series Development Economics Working Papers with number 22460.

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Date of creation: Jan 2006
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Handle: RePEc:eab:develo:22460

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Keywords: bin Laden; sender receiver games; US Presidential elections; signalling game; payoffs;

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  1. Ismail Saglam & Mehmet Y. Gurdal & Ayca Ozdogan, 2011. "Truth-telling and Trust in Sender-receiver Games with Intervention," Koç University-TUSIAD Economic Research Forum Working Papers 1123, Koc University-TUSIAD Economic Research Forum.

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