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Coordination and Cheap Talk: Indirect versus Direct Messages

Buyukboyaci, Muruvvet and Kucuksenel, Serkan (2016): Coordination and Cheap Talk: Indirect versus Direct Messages.

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Abstract

In this paper, we experimentally compare the effect of costless direct and indirect messages on the risky action choices, hence on coordinations in stag-hunt games. We show that there is no effect of costless indirect messages on the frequency of risky action choices and hence on coordination on the payoff-dominant equilibrium. With direct messages, however, we find that there is a significant effect of pre-play communication on efficient coordination. One potential reason of not seeing a significant effect of indirect messages is the difference in agents' message-interpretations. Another potential reason may be the existence of lie-averse agents.

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