You are here: Home Seminar 2017/18 Winter Term Applied Micro Workshop – Joël van der Weele, “Denial and Alarmism in Collective Action Problems”

Applied Micro Workshop – Joël van der Weele, “Denial and Alarmism in Collective Action Problems”

— filed under:

Manuel Foerster and Joël van der Weele: “Denial and Alarmism in Collective Action Problems” We analyze theoretically how two agents share information about the social returns to investment in a public good. Agents have private information about these returns as well as their own taste for cooperation, or social preferences. Before deciding to contribute or not, each agent submits an unverifiable report about the returns to the other agent. We show that others’ willingness to cooperate generates an incentive for “alarmism”, the exaggeration of social returns in order to opportunistically induce more investment. Moreover, if people care sufficiently about being perceived as cooperators, equilibrium communication features “denial” about the returns, in order to justify own low contributions. We illustrate the model in the context of climate change denial, and present the design and preliminary results of a pilot experiment.

Event details
What
  • Presentation
When Jan 30, 2018
from 16:00 to 17:30
Where briq, Seminar Room 9/1.1, Schaumburg-Lippe-Straße 9
Add event to calendar vCal
iCal

More information about this event…

Document Actions