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Joint Behavioral & Industrial Organization Workshop: Neil Thakral

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at 11:40am to 1:10pm

Uris Hall, 498
Central Campus

Neil Thakral, Brown Unversity

Tipping and the Dynamics of Social Norms

Abstract:  Using lab experiments, we implement a simple game of mandatory disclosure where senders are required to report their private information truthfully, but can choose how complex to make their reports. If senders choose a complex report, receivers must exert cognitive effort to correctly determine the sender’s private information. We find that senders use complex disclosure around half the time. This strategic obfuscation is profitable because receivers focus on analyzing complex reports, but ultimately do not account for their correctly skeptical beliefs. This mistake appears related to overconfidence about the ability to internalize complex information.

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economics, EconSeminar, EconIO, EconBehave

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Amy Moesch

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Neil Thakral

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Brown University

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