We will study the problem of media control by a government. We will develop a formal model applicable to this question. We will apply the theory of Bayesian persuasion with a privately informed receiver to understand how media censorship regulations affect public actions. We will address the questions of how the effectiveness of media censorship depends on diversity of preferences/opinions of the public and on public access to alternative sources of information. This line of research is a collaboration with Tymofiy Mylovanov, President of Kyiv School of Economics, Co-editor of VoxUkraine (an influential non-government organisation that conducts independent research-based policy analysis by leading scholars, policymakers and businessmen in Ukraine), and Associate Professor at the University of Pittsburgh.
Anton Kolotilin and Andy Zapechelnyuk gave talks on “Delegation Approach to Persuasion” at the University of Chicago and University of Mannheim. The talks presented the most up-to-date results on this line of research.
We will study the problem of food hygiene certification. We will develop a formal model applicable to this question. We will use the differentiation in food hygiene certification methods in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland to validate our model, and to make policy recommendations. In particular, we will find whether a coarse scale (pass/fail) is superior to a finer scale (e.g., 0 to 5 points), and whether the certification should be optional or mandatory.