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Global vs. Local Information

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In this paper I apply stochastic stability to compare local information to global information in terms of welfare. Under global information agents potentially imitate anyone else, while under local information choices are grouped into information sets and agents can observe and hence imitate only those within their own information set. The welfare evaluation of information is ambiguous over finite time horizons, while in the long run less (more) information is better in the presence of pure negative (positive) spillovers. However, when a selection issue is considered a further ambiguity emerges making the comparison, in general, uncertain.

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  • Leonardo Boncinelli, 2007. "Global vs. Local Information," Department of Economics University of Siena 520, Department of Economics, University of Siena.
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    Keywords

    imitation; local information; global information; stochastic stability;
    All these keywords.

    JEL classification:

    • D01 - Microeconomics - - General - - - Microeconomic Behavior: Underlying Principles
    • D80 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - General
    • D81 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Criteria for Decision-Making under Risk and Uncertainty
    • D85 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Network Formation
    • Z13 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - Economic Sociology; Economic Anthropology; Language; Social and Economic Stratification

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