Symposium on Communication and Persuasion, March 14-15, 2020


We are organising the Symposium on Communication and Persuasion, to be held in St Andrews on 14-15 March (Saturday-Sunday), 2020. The keynote speakers include Emir Kamenica (University of Chicago), Joel Sobel (University of California – San Diego), and Tymofiy Mylovanov (Government of Ukraine and University of Pittsburgh). More details are here.

Paper accepted to American Economic Review: Insights

The research paper titled “Optimal Quality Certification” by Andriy Zapechelnyuk is accepted for publication to American Economic Review: Insights.

Summary: Quality certification not only informs consumers, but also stimulates producers to supply better quality products. The paper studies a problem of quality certification in a moral hazard setting. It is shown that, under standard assumptions, simple certification systems, such as quality assurance rule and pass-fail rule, are optimal. The solution method involves interpreting the certification problem as a delegation problem.

2019 SAET Conference session organised

Andy Zapechelnyuk organised a session on the frontiers of information design, persuasion and communication at the 2019 SAET Conference (Society for the Advancement of Economic Theory), Ischia, Italy, June 30-July 5.

The session featured the talks from leading specialists in the field:

  • “Belief Management and Optimal Arbitration” by Johannes Schneider (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid), joint with Benjamin Balzer (University of Technology Sydney)
  • “Persuasion for the Long Run” by James Best (Carnegie Mellon University), joint with Daniel Quigley (University of Oxford)
  • “Optimal Persuasion with an Application to Media Censorship” by Andy Zapechelnyuk (St Andrews), joint with Anton Kolotilin (UNSW) and Tymofiy Mylovanov (University of Pittsburgh)