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Communication Can Destroy Common Learning

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  • Jakub Steiner

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  • Colin Stewart

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We show by example that communication can cause common knowledge acquisition to fail. In the absence of communication, agents acquire approximate common knowledge of some parameter, but with communication they do not.

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Paper provided by Edinburgh School of Economics, University of Edinburgh in its series ESE Discussion Papers with number 184.

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Date of creation: 06 Sep 2008
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Handle: RePEc:edn:esedps:184

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