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Coordination, Communication and Common Knowledge: A Retrospective on the Electronic Mail Game

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  • Stephen Morris

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    (Yale University, Cowles Foundation)

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Common knowledge plays an important role in coordination problems and coordination problems are central to many areas of economic policy. In this paper, I review some common knowledge puzzles culminating in the electronic mail game. These puzzles may seem distant from practical concerns. However, I then argue why insights derived from this literature are useful in interpreting empirical evidence of how people coordinate under uncertainty and in understanding the role of communication in coordinating behaviour.

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Paper provided by Yale School of Management in its series Yale School of Management Working Papers with number ysm340.

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Date of creation: 28 Jul 2004
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Handle: RePEc:ysm:somwrk:ysm340

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Keywords: Common Knowledge; Coordination; Communication;

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  1. Jean-Pierre Allegret & Camille Cornand, 2005. "The Pros and Cons of Higher Transparency: The Case of Speculative Attacks," Post-Print halshs-00180086, HAL.
  2. Uwe Dulleck, 2002. "The e-mail game revisited - Modeling rough inductive reasoning," Vienna Economics Papers 0211, University of Vienna, Department of Economics.
  3. Céline Rochon & Gabriel Desgranges, 2011. "Conformism and Public News," IMF Working Papers 11/33, International Monetary Fund.
  4. Chen, Yi-Chun & Xiong, Siyang, 2013. "The e-mail game phenomenon," Games and Economic Behavior, Elsevier, vol. 80(C), pages 147-156.
  5. Qin, Cheng-Zhong & Yang, Chun-Lei, 2013. "Finite-order type spaces and applications," Journal of Economic Theory, Elsevier, vol. 148(2), pages 689-719.

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