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Intention or Request: The Impact of Message Structures

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Department of Economics and the Institute for the Study of Economic Growth, Wichita State University, Wichita, KS 67260, USA
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Economics Department, Missouri State University, Springfield, MO 65897, USA
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Games 2021, 12(1), 12; https://doi.org/10.3390/g12010012
Received: 14 December 2020 / Revised: 15 January 2021 / Accepted: 25 January 2021 / Published: 1 February 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Experiments on Communication in Games)
This paper investigates how different message structures impact communication strategy as well as sender and receiver behavior. Specifically, we focus on comparing communication games with messages stating an intention versus a request. Our experimental results show that when a game includes self-signaling or self-committing messages, the two message structures yield negligibly different results. However, when the messages of the game are neither self-signaling nor self-committing, we find that more subjects send messages suggesting cooperation with request than intention. Interestingly, subjects also deviate from their suggested actions more frequently with request than intention. We surmise lying aversion plays a prominent role in contributing to the differences in games where messages lack the self-committing property. View Full-Text
Keywords: communication; cheap talk; experiment; lying aversion communication; cheap talk; experiment; lying aversion
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