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Bayesian Persuasion: Reduced Form Approach

Juuso Toikka (), Akhil Vohra () and Rakesh Vohra ()
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Juuso Toikka: University of Pennsylvania
Akhil Vohra: University of Cambridge
Rakesh Vohra: University of Pennsylvania

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Abstract: We introduce reduced form representations of Bayesian persuasion problems where the variables are the probabilities that the receiver takes each of her actions. These are simpler objects than, say, the joint distribution over states and actions in the obedience formulation of the persuasion problem. This can make a difference in computational and analytical tractability which we illustrate with two applications. The first shows that with quadratic receiver payoffs, the worst-case complexity scales with the number of actions and not the number of states. If |A |and |S | denote the number of actions and states respectively, the worst case complexity of the obedience formulation is O(|A |2.5 max{|A |2.5,|S |2.5}). The worst case complexity of the reduced form representation is O(|A |3). In the second application, the reduced form leads to a simple greedy algorithm to determine the maximum value a sender can achieve in any cheap talk equilibrium.

Keywords: Bayesian Persuasion; Information Design; Mechanism Design; Duality (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C6 D82 D83 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 38 pages
Date: 2022-06-28
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-des, nep-gth and nep-mic
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