- Packet: McMillan, John, ``Information and Bargaining
Breakdown,'' pp. 65-75 of Games, Strategies, and
Managers, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1992.
- "The 2001 Sveriges Riksbank (Bank of Sweden) Prize in Economic
Honor of Alfred Nobel," (Akerlof, Spence, Stiglitz), Nobel Foundation
release, October 10, 2001, http:
- "Stanford Business School's Spence Wins Nobel Prize in Economics,
Stanford Business School press release, October 9, 2001, http:
A costly action conveys information
To incur a cost without a direct benefit is foolish.
Topics That Might be Discussed in Class
- Education as signalling
- Bargaining breakdown: strikes and oil well
- The brake linings example and ``wasteful`` advertising
- Venture capital: using risk acceptance as a
For Next Time
- Deneckere, Raymond and R. Preston McAfee, ``Damaged Goods,''
Journal of Economics and Management Science, Summer
1996, 5: 149-174.
- Quiz 2.
- Rasmusen, Eric ``Lobbying When the Decisionmaker Can Acquire
Independent Information,'' Public Choice , (1993)
77: 899-913. Available in
Acrobat (*.pdf). An application of signalling to lobbying and
- Some powerpoint slides used
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