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Anonymity, equal treatment, and overconfidence: constraints on communication may enhance information transmission

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This paper offers a simple but rich framework to study communication subject to various constraints such as anonymity requirements, equal treatment of multiple agents, overconfidence of an expert, and garbling, by extending the cheap talk model of Crawford and Sobel (1982). Common to these seemingly distinct types of constraints in communication is that the action by a decision maker is less sensitive to a message than without such constraints. Reduced sensitivity can alter the structure of i...

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University of Oxford Publisher's website
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Department of Economics Discussion Paper Series
Publication date:
2006-06-01
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1144159
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Paper number:
268

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