【Theory webinar】Motivated vs. Skeptical Beliefs

  • 研討會日期 : 2022-06-14
  • 時間 : 16:00
  • 主講人 : Professor Jeanne Hagenbach
  • 地點 : online
  • 演講者簡介 : Professor Hagenbach received her Ph.D. in Economics from University Paris 1 Panthéon –Sorbonne in 2009. She is currently a Research Director at CNRS (French National Research Institute) and an Associate Professor of Economics at Sciences Po Paris. Her research fields are microeconomic theory, applied game theory, experimental and behavioral economics.
  • 演講摘要 : This experiment aims at studying how individuals reconcile the formation of skeptical beliefs and the formation of motivated beliefs in disclosure games. Subjects play several rounds of Sender-Receiver communication games, in which the Receiver's equilibrium beliefs are skeptical. The experimental treatments affect whether or not the Receiver has intrinsic preferences over what he/she believes. We then vary whether the skeptical beliefs are aligned or not with the Receiver's preferred beliefs. We show that the Receivers' level of skepticism is lower when the skeptical beliefs are self-threatening than when Receivers have no preferences over beliefs. When the skeptical beliefs are self-serving, skepticism is not significantly enhanced compared to the case where Receivers have no preferences over beliefs. We investigate the role of Receivers' IQ and priors on the beliefs they form.