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Honesty via Choice-Matching

Jakša Cvitanić, Dražen Prelec, Blake Riley and Benjamin Tereick

American Economic Review: Insights, 2019, vol. 1, issue 2, 179-92

Abstract: We introduce choice-matching, a class of mechanisms for eliciting honest responses to a multiple choice question (MCQ), as might appear in a market research study, opinion poll, or economics experiment. Under choice-matching, respondents are compensated through an auxiliary task, e.g., a personal consumption choice or a forecast. Their compensation depends both on their performance on the auxiliary task, and on the performance of those respondents who matched their response to the MCQ. We give conditions for such mechanisms to be strictly truth-inducing, focusing on a special case in which the auxiliary task is to predict the answers of other respondents.

JEL-codes: C78 C83 D81 D82 D83 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
Note: DOI: 10.1257/aeri.20180227
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