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In this paper we conduct laboratory experiments to test the theory of strategic information transmission. Our experimental results strongly support the basic insight of the theory, namely, that less information is transmitted when preferences of the sender and the receiver diverge. Moreover, the average payoffs for the senders, the receivers, and the(More)
There are two fundamentally different views of the role of elections in policy formation. In one view, voters can affect candidates' policy choices: competition for votes induces politicians to move toward the center. In this view, elections have the effect of bringing about some degree of policy compromise. In the alternative view, voters merely elect(More)
This paper characterizes the revenue maximizing allocation mechanism for a risk neutral seller that owns N, possibly heterogeneous, objects and faces I risk neutral buyers. Buyers' payoffs depend on the entire allocation of objects, on their type, and on the types of all other buyers. Types are independently distributed. The formulation allows for(More)
We consider optimal capital allocation and managerial compensation mechanisms for decentralized ¯rms when division managers have an incentive to misrepresent project quality and to minimize privately costly but value-enhancing e®ort. We show that in the optimal mechanism ¯rms always underinvest in capital relative to a naive application of the net present(More)
How does access to formal microinsurance affect economic development? We report results from a large randomized natural field experiment conducted in southwestern China in the context of insurance for sows. We find that providing access to formal insurance significantly increases farmers' tendency to raise sows. We argue that this finding also suggests that(More)
This paper highlights the role of social networks in the internal migration of China. With over 130 million rural labors migrating to the city each year, China is experiencing the largest internal migration in the human history. Using the 2006 China Agricultural Census, we show that individual migration decision is not only dependent on individual(More)