Modes of ambiguous communication

Kellner, Christian and T. Le Quement, Mark (2017) Modes of ambiguous communication. Games and Economic Behavior, 104. 271–292. ISSN 0899-8256

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We study cheap talk communication in a simple two actions-two states model featuring ambiguous priors. First, we find that in equilibrium, S often mixes between messages triggering different beliefs and behavior by R while R also occasionally randomizes. We interpret randomization by respectively S and R as embodying two different modes of ambiguous communication. Second, we find that for sufficiently high ambiguity, more than two messages are often necessary to implement the optimal decision rule of S. If only two messages are available and S faces his preference twin, S may be unable to implement his optimal decision rule and influential communication may be altogether impossible. We stress the non replicability of these results within an expected utility environment. Third, we show that the addition of a little ambiguity may generate influential communication that is unambiguously advantageous to S.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: cheap talk,ambiguity
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Economics
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Industrial Economics
Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Economic Theory
Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Centres > Centre for Behavioural and Experimental Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Behavioural Economics
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 12 Apr 2017 05:10
Last Modified: 13 May 2023 00:05
DOI: 10.1016/j.geb.2017.03.010


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