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Signaling Commitment by Excessive Spending

  • Amihai Glazer

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    (Department of Economics, University of California-Irvine)

  • Stef Proost

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    (Center for Economic Studies, KULeuven)

A policy is often more effective the more confident are economic agents that the current leader (or principal) will adopt the policy. This paper considers uncertainty about the principal's type, interpreted as uncertainty about the probability that he would adopt a project or policy. We show how a principal who highly values the project can signal that valuation by committing to spend a minimum on the project, even if canceling the program would entail waste, Indeed, the amount committed to spend may exceed the project's cost.

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Paper provided by University of California-Irvine, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 070811.

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Length: 13 pages
Date of creation: Feb 2008
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Handle: RePEc:irv:wpaper:070811
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