The cost of lying
Tore Ellingsen (),
Erik Gribbe and
Magnus Johannesson ()
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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
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)
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