Relational Communication

60 Pages Posted: 31 Jul 2018 Last revised: 8 Aug 2018

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Anton Kolotilin

University of New South Wales (UNSW)

Hongyi Li

UNSW Australia Business School, School of Economics

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Date Written: August 6, 2018


We study a communication game between an informed sender and an uninformed receiver with repeated interactions and voluntary transfers. Transfers motivate the receiver’s decision-making and signal the sender’s information. Although full separation can always be supported in equilibrium, partial or complete pooling is optimal if the receiver’s decision-making is too responsive to information. In this case, the receiver’s decision-making is disciplined by pooling extreme states, where she is most tempted to defect. In characterizing optimal equilibria, we establish new results on monotone persuasion.

Keywords: strategic communication, monotone persuasion, relational contracts

JEL Classification: C73, D82, D83

Suggested Citation

Kolotilin, Anton and Li, Hongyi, Relational Communication (August 6, 2018). UNSW Business School Research Paper No. 2018-12, Available at SSRN: or

Anton Kolotilin (Contact Author)

University of New South Wales (UNSW) ( email )

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Hongyi Li

UNSW Australia Business School, School of Economics ( email )

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Sydney, NSW 2052

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