Reacting to ambiguous messages: An experimental analysis

Kellner, Christian, Le Quement, Mark T. and Riener, Gerhard (2022) Reacting to ambiguous messages: An experimental analysis. Games and Economic Behavior, 136. pp. 360-378. ISSN 0899-8256

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Ambiguous language is ubiquitous and often deliberate. Recent theoretical work (Bose and Renou, 2014; Kellner and Le Quement, 2018; Beauchêne et al., 2019) has shown how language ambiguation can improve outcomes by mitigating conflict of interest. Our experiment finds a significant effect of language ambiguation on subjects who are proficient at Bayesian updating. For ambiguity averse subjects within this population, a significant part of this effect operates via the channel of subjects' desire to reduce ambiguity. For both ambiguity averse and neutral subjects within this population, an additional behavioral channel is also present.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Funding Information: Financial support was provided by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) through the grant 235577387/GRK1974.
Uncontrolled Keywords: ambiguity aversion,communication,laboratory experiment,persuasion,finance,economics and econometrics ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/2000/2003
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Economics
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Economic Theory
Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Behavioural Economics
Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Centres > Centre for Behavioural and Experimental Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Industrial Economics
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Date Deposited: 13 Oct 2022 09:32
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2023 00:42
DOI: 10.1016/j.geb.2022.09.007


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