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.
Hisayuki Yoshimoto presents the research findings on the project of quality certification and online reviews at Competition and Markets Authority, London, March 2020.
Anton Kolotilin gave a talk on “Censorship as Optimal Persuasion” at the Australian Economic Theory Workshop 2020, University of Adelaide, Australia, February 2020
Anton Kolotilin gave a talk on “Censorship as Optimal Persuasion” at the Allied Social Sciences Association (ASSA) 2020 Annual Meeting, San Diego, USA, January 2020.
Andy Zapechelnyuk gave a talk on “Optimal Quality Certification” at the UNSW Business School, Sydney, December 2019.
Andy Zapechelnyuk gave a talk on “Are There Ratatouille Restaurants? On Anticorrelation of Food Quality and Hygiene” at the School of Economics and Finance, University of St Andrews, UK, November 2019.
Anton Kolotilin gave a talk on “Persuasion Meets Delegation” at Sydney Economic Design Festival: Information, Markets and Mechanisms, November 13-15 2019, Sydney, Australia
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.
Anton Kolotilin gave a talk on “Persuasion Meets Delegation” at the Economics Department, Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russian Federation, June 2019
Anton Kolotilin gave a talk on “Persuasion Meets Delegation” at the School of Economics and Finance, University of St Andrews, UK, May 2019