Vague Lies: How to Advise Consumers When They Complain
Mikhail Drugov () and
Marta Troya Martinez
No 9201, CEPR Discussion Papers from C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers
This paper analyzes the incentives of a seller to provide (un)biased and (im)precise advice about a complex product such as insurance, banking and telecommunication services. Misleading the buyers by biasing the advice upwards increases the revenues but also the expected fine imposed by the authority. Making the advice less precise does not affect the revenues in equilibrium but interferes with the authority's inference and affects the expected fine in a non-monotonic way. In particular, making the advice less precise makes it harder to convict the seller but increases the expected fine when the seller is found guilty. We find that, in the equilibrium, biasing the advice and making it noisier are complements; in particular, a higher buyers' heterogeneity, a stricter standard of proof employed by the authority and a larger share of credulous consumers make the advice more biased and less precise.
Keywords: advice; consumer protection; legal procedure; persuasion (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D18 D8 K4 L1 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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