We organise a practitioner seminar with Mr Geoff Ogle, Chief Executive of Food Standards Scotland, on Friday 16th February. The seminar is hosted and sponsored by the University of Glasgow Adam Smith Business School.
Andy Zapechelnyuk gave a talk on “Delegation Approach to Persuasion” at the Conference on Economics of Strategic Communication and Persuasion, organised by CIRANO, Montreal, Canada.
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.
Andy Zapechelnyuk gave a talk titled “On the Connection between Persuasion and Delegation” at the 2017 ESSET Conference (European Summer Symposium in Economic Theory, 3-14 July, Gerzensee, Switzerland), organised by CEPR (Centre for Economic Policy Research). This talk presented recent results on the Project’s line of research “Delegation Approach to Persuasion.”
Anton Kolotilin gave a talk on “Persuasion of a privately informed receiver” at the 2017 SAET Conference (Society for the Advancement of Economic Theory), Faro, Portugal, June 25-30.