EconPapers    
Economics at your fingertips  
 

The cost of lying

Tobias Lundquist, Tore Ellingsen (), Erik Gribbe and Magnus Johannesson ()
Additional contact information
Tobias Lundquist: Dept. of Economics, Stockholm School of Economics, Postal: Stockholm School of Economics, P.O. Box 6501, SE-113 83 Stockholm, Sweden
Erik Gribbe: Dept. of Economics, Stockholm School of Economics, Postal: Stockholm School of Economics, P.O. Box 6501, SE-113 83 Stockholm, Sweden

No 666, SSE/EFI Working Paper Series in Economics and Finance from Stockholm School of Economics

Abstract: We experimentally investigate the effect of cheap talk in a bargaining game with one-sided asymmetric information. A seller has private information about his or her skill and is provided an opportunity to communicate this information to a buyer through a written message. Four different treatments are compared; one without communication, one with free-form communication, and two treatments with pre-specified communication in the form of promises of varying strength. Our results suggest that lying about private information is costly and that the cost of lying increases with the size of the lie and the strength of the promise. Freely formulated messages lead to the fewest lies and the most efficient outcomes.

Keywords: Deception; Communication; Lies; Promises; Experiments (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C91 D82 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cbe, nep-exp and nep-law
Date: 2007-06-12
References: Add references at CitEc
Citations: View citations in EconPapers (4) Track citations by RSS feed

Downloads: (external link)
http://swopec.hhs.se/hastef/papers/hastef0666.pdf (application/pdf)

Related works:
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.

Export reference: BibTeX RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan) HTML/Text

Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:hhs:hastef:0666

Access Statistics for this paper

More papers in SSE/EFI Working Paper Series in Economics and Finance from Stockholm School of Economics The Economic Research Institute, Stockholm School of Economics, P.O. Box 6501, 113 83 Stockholm, Sweden. Contact information at EDIRC.
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Helena Lundin ().

 
Page updated 2019-07-12
Handle: RePEc:hhs:hastef:0666