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The Supply of Motivated Beliefs

@inproceedings{Thaler2021TheSO,
  title={The Supply of Motivated Beliefs},
  author={Michaela Thaler},
  year={2021}
}
When people choose what messages to send to others, they often consider how others will interpret the messages. In many environments, particularly in politics, people are motivated to hold particular beliefs and distort how they process information in directions that favor their motivated beliefs. This paper uses two experiments to study how message senders are affected by receivers' motivated beliefs. Experiment 1, conducted using an online sample of social media users, analyzes the effect of… 
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