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Informational Herding and Optimal Experientation

We explore the constrainned efficient observational learning model - as when individuals care about successors, or are so induced by an informationally- constrained social planner. We find that when the herding externality is correctly internali zed in this fashion, incorrect herds still obtain.

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Paper provided by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Department of Economics in its series Working papers with number 97-22.

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Length: 22 pages
Date of creation: 1997
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Handle: RePEc:mit:worpap:97-22
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