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Can there be a market for cheap-talk information? Some experimental evidence

Cabrales, Antonio; Feri, Francesco; Gottardi, Piero; Meléndez-Jiménez, Miguel A.
Authors registered in the RePEc Author Service: Francesco Feri, Piero Gottardi (), Miguel Ángel Meléndez-Jiménez and Antonio Cabrales ()

No ECO2016/07, Economics Working Papers from European University Institute

Abstract: This paper reports on experiments testing the viability of markets for cheap talk information. We find that these markets are fragile. The reasons are surprising given the previous experimental results on cheap-talk games. Our subjects provide low-quality information even when doing so does not increase their monetary payoff. We show that this is not because subjects play a different (babbling) equilibrium. By analyzing subjects’ behavior in another game, we find that those adopting deceptive strategies tend to have envious or non-pro-social traits. The poor quality of the information transmitted leads to a collapse of information markets.

Keywords: Experiment; Cheap talk; Auction; Information Acquisition; Information Sale (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C72 D83 G14 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cbe, nep-exp, nep-gth, nep-hpe and nep-soc
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