Journal article

Lies and consequences: The effect of lie detection on communication outcomes

I Balbuzanov

International Journal of Game Theory | Springer Verlag | Published : 2019


I study a strategic-communication game between an informed sender and an uninformed receiver with partially aligned preferences. The receiver is endowed with the ability to probabilistically detect if the sender is lying. Specifically, if the sender is making a false claim about her type, with some commonly known probability p the receiver additionally observes a private signal indicating that the sender is lying. The main result is that the receiver’s stochastic lie-detection ability makes fully revealing equilibria—the best outcome for the receiver—possible, even for small p (less than 12). Additionally, if the language consists of precise messages, fully revealing equilibria exist only fo..

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