Cheap Talk and Signaling
mail: mechtenberg [at] wzb [dot] eu
The WZB will stage its 19th conference on Markets and Politics on June 17–18, 2011, in Berlin. At this conference, researchers of international reputation in economics, sociology and biology, and young economists, will present and discuss their new theoretical, experimental and empirical work on communication and signaling. The objective is to promote interaction between researchers in these fields and to inspire participants with new ideas of how to combine theoretical, experimental and empirical methods to investigate information transmission in different settings.
In recent years, theoretical research in economics on information transmission in communication has made great progress. Many possible mechanisms of improving information transmission in communication have been identified and evaluated theoretically. However, very little experimental and empirical work has been done to test these theories. The conference brings together theorists, experimentalists and empiricists in order to inspire the latter with ideas on how to test new existing theories and to inspire theorists with ideas on how to take into account experimental and empirical work. Moreover, the conference will serve as a common meeting ground for researchers working on communication and researchers working on signaling. Both fields have overlapping theoretical frameworks and the conference aims at stimulating interaction between researchers of both fields. Issues of interest are, for instance:
- Communication with multiple audiences
- Dynamic and mediated communication
- Communication and language
- Signaling on the marriage market
- Signaling in deterministic versus stochastic environments
- Information transmission and accounting
For further inquiries, please contact conference coordinator Lydia Mechtenberg (ConfJune2011 [at] wzb [dot] eu).