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Third Party Assessments in Trust Problems with Conflict of Interest: An Experiment on the Effects of Promises

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  • Mitesh Kataria

    (Max Planck Institute of Economics, Strategic Interaction Group, Jena)

  • Fabian Winter

    (Max Planck Institute of Economics, Strategic Interaction Group, Jena)

Abstract

Is it possible to elicit reliable assessment from an assessor with conflict of interest (e.g. a professor that writes a recommendation letter for a formal PhD student)? We propose an experimental test and show that compared to a not-incentivized assessment, a promise to give a truthful assessment reduces misreporting to the same extent as incentivized assessment (i.e. when assessor gain higher payoff if assessment is correct).

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  • Mitesh Kataria & Fabian Winter, 2012. "Third Party Assessments in Trust Problems with Conflict of Interest: An Experiment on the Effects of Promises," Jena Economic Research Papers 2012-067, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena.
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    2. Samuel Ferey & Yannick Gabuthy & Nicolas Jacquemet, 2013. "L'apport de l'économie expérimentale dans l'élaboration des politiques publiques," Revue française d'économie, Presses de Sciences-Po, vol. 0(2), pages 155-194.
    3. Nicolas Jacquemet & Stéphane Luchini & Julie Rosaz & Jason F. Shogren, 2019. "Truth Telling Under Oath," Management Science, INFORMS, vol. 65(1), pages 426-438, January.
    4. Samuel Ferey & Yannick Gabuthy & Nicolas Jacquemet, 2013. "L'apport de l'économie expérimentale dans l'élaboration des politiques publiques," PSE - Labex "OSE-Ouvrir la Science Economique" halshs-00879205, HAL.
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    Keywords

    trust game; communication; cheap-talk; promises; oath;
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    JEL classification:

    • A13 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Relation of Economics to Social Values
    • C91 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Laboratory, Individual Behavior
    • D03 - Microeconomics - - General - - - Behavioral Microeconomics: Underlying Principles

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