Bargaining with Asymmetric Costs for Information
University of Pennsylvania - The Wharton School
University of Texas-Austin
July 7, 2011
We generalize and correct a model of bargaining with endogenous information acquisition proposed by Dang (2008). Allowing for asymmetric information costs, we show that the opportunity to obtain information during the bargaining process can lead to inefficient outcomes when the responder's cost of obtaining this information is low. We then show that, for very low costs, this inefficiency is robust to allowing agents to voluntarily increase their own information costs and potentially eliminate adverse selection problems.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 32
Keywords: Bargaining, Information Acquisition, Adverse Selection
Date posted: July 8, 2011