Interim Third-Party Selection in Bargaining
36 Pages Posted: 30 Nov 2013 Last revised: 24 Mar 2017
Date Written: July 22, 2015
Third-party intervention can reduce the risk of conflict in situations where the bargaining failure is due to asymmetric information. In this paper, I consider the selection of a third party in a two-person bargaining problem where each disputant has private information about its relative strength or weakness. I find that the disputants choose the third party that is best for the strong type but worst for the weak type due to the incentive of each disputant to avoid seeming weak to their adversary. The selected third party's intervention entails a higher ex ante chance of conflict than intervention by any other alternative. This paper shows how the process of interim third-party selection can have important consequences for the outcome of a third-party intervention in bargaining.
Keywords: Bargaining, Third-party intervention, Third-party selection, Mechanism design
JEL Classification: C71, C78, D82
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