Workshop: The Economics of Strategic Communication and Persuasion: Application to Evidence-based Public Policy

From Friday 16 Nov 2018 to 1PM
To Saturday 17 Nov 2018 to 12:45PM

Organized by CIRANO, CIREQ, the John Deutsch Institute and the Dean of Arts Development Fund

Organizers: Ming Li (Concordia University, CIREQ, CIRANO), Chris Cotton (Queen’s University), Jian Li (McGill University, Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, CIREQ), Arianna DEGAN (Université du Québec à Montréal) and Huan Xie (Concordia University, CIREQ,CIRANO)

This was the second Workshop on the economics of strategic communication and persuasion. When there is a divergence between information and decision-making power in social and economic environments, the informed party may, through a variety of channels and methods, convey information to the uninformed party, so as to influence the latter’s decision. It is important to study the limits and potentials of communication and persuasion, as well as ways to enhance them so as to improve information transmission and decision-making. There are a number of academic disciplines that analyze these questions, economics among them. This year’s program was multidisciplinary and included both theory and applications. A special focus was on the exploration of applications to the enhancement of evidence-based public-policy making.


When: 16th - 17th November, 2018

Where: Center for Interuniversity Research and Analysis of Organizations


Joel Sobel's Presentation (University of California, San Diego) - “Sequential versus simultaneous disclosure”

Di (Harry) Pei's Presentation (Northwestern University) - “Strategic abuse and accuser credibility” (Coauthor: Bruno Strulovici)

Nicolas Klein's Presentation (Université de Montréal) - “Relational contracts with private information on the future value of the relationship: The upside of implicit downsizing costs” (Coauthor: Matthias Fahn)

Haifeng Xu's Presentation (Harvard University) - “Algorithmic persuasion with no externalities” (Coauthor: Shaddin Dughmi)

Jian Li's Presentation (McGill University, SHUFE, CIREQ) - “Ambiguous persuasion” (Coauthors : Dorian Beauchêne; Ming Li)

Ludovic Renou's Presentation (Queen Mary University) - “Information design in multi-stage games” (Coauthor: Miltiadis Makris)

Kyungmin (Teddy) Kim's Presentation (University of Miami) - “Competitive advertising and pricing” (Coauthors: Raphael Boleslavsky; Ilwoo Hwang)

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