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A strategic mediator who is biased into the same direction as the expert can improve information transmission

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  • Mechtenberg, Lydia
  • Münster, Johannes

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This note reconsiders communication between an informed expert and an uninformed decision maker with a strategic mediator in a discrete Crawford and Sobel (1982) setting. We show that a strategic mediator may improve communication even when he is biased into the same direction as the expert. The mediator improves communication, however, only if some information transmission is possible with unmediated communication.

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  • Mechtenberg, Lydia & Münster, Johannes, 2010. "A strategic mediator who is biased into the same direction as the expert can improve information transmission," Discussion Papers, Research Unit: Market Behavior SP II 2010-19, WZB Berlin Social Science Center.
  • Handle: RePEc:zbw:wzbmbh:spii201019
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    Keywords

    Communication; Information; Cheap talk; Mediation;
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    JEL classification:

    • C72 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - Noncooperative Games
    • D82 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Asymmetric and Private Information; Mechanism Design
    • D83 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Search; Learning; Information and Knowledge; Communication; Belief; Unawareness

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