Speaker: Dr Alice Soldà

Affiliation: Ghent University

Online via Zoom: https://uqz.zoom.us/j/83265075806


Pro-social individuals typically face a trade-off between their monetary incentives and psychological motives. Hence, they may be tempted to exploit the uncertainty in their decision environment in order to reconcile this trade-off. In this paper, we investigate whether individuals with belief-dependent preferences acquire information about others' expectations in a self-serving way. We present a model of endogenous information acquisition and test our theoretical predictions in an online experiment based on a modified trust-game in which the second-mover is uncertain about the first-mover's expectations. Our experimental design enables to (i) identify participants with belief-based preferences and (ii) investigate their information acquisition strategy. Consistent with our predictions for subjective belief-dependent preferences, we find that most individuals classified as belief-dependent strategically select their source of information to avoid the cost of their conscience.

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If you would like to meet with Dr Soldà on Thursday 13th October, please contact: Dr Andrea La Nauze

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