Title

Political Correctness

Authors

Stephen Morris

Document Type

Discussion Paper

Publication Date

12-1-1999

CFDP Number

1242

CFDP Pages

29

Abstract

An informed advisor wishes to convey her valuable information to an uninformed decision maker with identical preferences. Thus she has a current incentive to truthfully reveal her information. But if the decision maker thinks the advisor might be biased in favor of one decision, and the advisor does not wish to be thought to be biased, the advisor has a reputational incentive to lie. If the advisor is sufficiently concerned about her reputation, no information is conveyed in equilibrium. In a repeated version of this game, the advisor will care.

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