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Honesty and Informal Agreements

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We develop, and experimentally test, models of informal agreements. Agents are assumed to be honest but suffer costs of overcoming temptations. We extend two classical bargaining solutions -- split-the-difference and deal-me-out -- to this informal agreement setting. For each solution there are two natural ways to do this, leaving us with 2×2 models to explore. In the experiment, a temptations-constrained version of deal-me-out emerges as the clear winner.

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  • Martin Dufwenberg & Maroš Servátka & Radovan Vadovic, 2015. "Honesty and Informal Agreements," Working Papers in Economics 15/04, University of Canterbury, Department of Economics and Finance.
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    agreement; bargaining; behavioral economics; deal; experiment; honesty; lost wallet game; negotiation; temptation;

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    • C70 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - General
    • C91 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Laboratory, Individual Behavior

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