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The strategy of manipulating joint decision-making


  • Kim, Jin Yeub
  • Kwon, Heung Jin


We study a model of strategic persuasion based on the theory of cheap talk, in which a better-informed agent manipulates two decision-makers’ joint decision on alternative proposals. With the heterogeneity of two decision-makers’ value of the outside option, only the decision-maker with the better outside option is critical in determining whether communication is truthful, overselling, or ineffective.

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  • Kim, Jin Yeub & Kwon, Heung Jin, 2014. "The strategy of manipulating joint decision-making," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 123(2), pages 127-130.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:123:y:2014:i:2:p:127-130
    DOI: 10.1016/j.econlet.2014.01.034

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    Collective decision-making; Communication; Information;
    All these keywords.

    JEL classification:

    • C72 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - Noncooperative Games
    • D70 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - General
    • D82 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Asymmetric and Private Information; Mechanism Design
    • D83 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Search; Learning; Information and Knowledge; Communication; Belief; Unawareness


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