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Against All Odds: Tentative Steps toward Efficient Information Sharing in Groups

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Business Information Systems Department, Faculty of Business Administration and Economics, Paderborn University, D-33098 Paderborn, Germany
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Management Department, Faculty of Business Administration and Economics, Paderborn University, Warburger Straße 100, D-33098 Paderborn, Germany
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Centre for Market and Public Organization, University of Bristol, Bristol BS8 1QU, UK
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Institute of Labor Economics (IZA), Schaumburg-Lippe-Straße 5–9, 53113 Bonn, Germany
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Economics Department, Carleton University, Ottawa, ON K1S 5B6, Canada
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Games 2020, 11(3), 31; https://doi.org/10.3390/g11030031
Received: 30 April 2020 / Revised: 14 July 2020 / Accepted: 17 July 2020 / Published: 7 August 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Experiments on Communication in Games)
When groups face difficult problems, the voices of experts may be lost in the noise of others’ contributions. We present results from a “naturally noisy” setting, a large first-year undergraduate class, in which the expert’s voice was “lost” to such a degree that bringing forward even more inferior information was optimal. A single individual had little chance to improve the outcome and coordinating with the whole group was impossible. In this setting, we examined the change in behavior before and after people could talk to their neighbors. We found that the number of people who reduced noise by holding back their information strongly and significantly increased.
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Keywords: information aggregation; coordination; communication; swing voter’s curse information aggregation; coordination; communication; swing voter’s curse
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Schlangenotto, D.; Schnedler, W.; Vadovič, R. Against All Odds: Tentative Steps toward Efficient Information Sharing in Groups. Games 2020, 11, 31. https://doi.org/10.3390/g11030031

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Schlangenotto D, Schnedler W, Vadovič R. Against All Odds: Tentative Steps toward Efficient Information Sharing in Groups. Games. 2020; 11(3):31. https://doi.org/10.3390/g11030031

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Schlangenotto, Darius; Schnedler, Wendelin; Vadovič, Radovan. 2020. "Against All Odds: Tentative Steps toward Efficient Information Sharing in Groups" Games 11, no. 3: 31. https://doi.org/10.3390/g11030031

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