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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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  • Jakub Steiner & Colin Stewart, 2008. "Communication Can Destroy Common Learning," ESE Discussion Papers 184, Edinburgh School of Economics, University of Edinburgh.
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    • D80 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - General

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