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Truth-telling and Trust in Sender-receiver Games with Intervention

  • Ismail Saglam


    (TOBB University of Economics and Technology, Department of Economics)

  • Mehmet Y. Gurdal


    (TOBB University of Economics and Technology, Department of Economics)

  • Ayca Ozdogan


    (TOBB University of Economics and Technology, Department of Economics)

Recent experimental studies find excessive truth-telling in strategic information transmission games with conflictive preferences. In this paper, we show that this phenomenon is more pronounced in sender-receiver games where a truthful regulator randomly intervenes. We also establish that intervention significantly increases the excessive trust of receivers.

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Paper provided by Koc University-TUSIAD Economic Research Forum in its series Koç University-TUSIAD Economic Research Forum Working Papers with number 1123.

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Length: 32 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2011
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Handle: RePEc:koc:wpaper:1123
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