(In)Transparency of Information Acquisition: A Bargaining Experiment

22 Pages Posted: 13 Oct 2006

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Thomas Gehrig

University of Vienna - Faculty of Business, Economics, and Statistics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI); Vienna Graduate School of Finance (VGSF); Systemic Risk Centre - LSE

Werner Guth

Max Planck Institute of Economics; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Date Written: September 2006

Abstract

We analyze how transparency affects information acquisition in a bargaining context, where proposers may chose to purchase information about the unknown outside option of their bargaining partner. Although information acquisition is excessive in all our scenarios we find that the bargaining outcome depends crucially on the transparency of the bargaining environment. In transparent games, when responders can observe whether proposers have acquired information, acceptance rates are higher. Accordingly, in transparent bargaining environments information is more valuable, both individually and socially.

Keywords: Information acquisition, ultimatum experiment, transparency

JEL Classification: C91, D82

Suggested Citation

Gehrig, Thomas and Güth, Werner, (In)Transparency of Information Acquisition: A Bargaining Experiment (September 2006). CEPR Discussion Paper No. 5817. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=937397

Thomas Gehrig (Contact Author)

University of Vienna - Faculty of Business, Economics, and Statistics ( email )

Vienna, A-1210
Austria

Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) ( email )

London
United Kingdom

European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI) ( email )

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Belgium

Vienna Graduate School of Finance (VGSF) ( email )

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Systemic Risk Centre - LSE ( email )

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Werner Güth

Max Planck Institute of Economics ( email )

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D-07745 Jena, 07745
Germany

CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Poschinger Str. 5
Munich, DE-81679
Germany

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