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Mediation in Situations of Conflict

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  • Kay Mitusch

    (Free University of Berlin)

  • Roland Strausz

    (Free University of Berlin)

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We study the effectiveness of mediators in situations of conflict. In a game of cheap talk a principal may employ a mediator whose task is to gather information and make non--binding proposals. We show that mediators facilitate information transmission and are helpful if and only if the likelihood of a conflict of interest is strictly positive but not too high. Mediation increases the amount of information that can be induced in equilibrium and is helpful when full information revelation is not feasible. The insights of this paper extend to general models of mechanism design with imperfect commitment of the contract designer.

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  • Kay Mitusch & Roland Strausz, 2000. "Mediation in Situations of Conflict," Econometric Society World Congress 2000 Contributed Papers 0361, Econometric Society.
  • Handle: RePEc:ecm:wc2000:0361
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    1. Krähmer, Daniel, 2002. "Delegation versus authority
      [Delegation versus Autorität]
      ," Discussion Papers, Research Unit: Market Processes and Governance FS IV 02-26, Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB).

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