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Coordination with communication under oath

Abstract : We focus on the design of an institutional device aimed to foster coordination through communication. We explore whether the social psychology theory of commitment, implemented via a truth-telling oath, can reduce coordination failure. Using a classic coordination game, we ask all players to sign voluntarily a truth-telling oath before playing the game with cheap talk communication. Three results emerge with commitment under oath: (1) coordination increased by nearly 50 percent; (2) senders' messages were significantly more truthful and actions more efficient, and (3) receivers' trust of messages increased.
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Nicolas Jacquemet, Stéphane Luchini, Jason F Shogren, Adam Zylbersztejn. Coordination with communication under oath. Experimental Economics, Springer Verlag (Germany), 2018, 21 (3), pp.627-649. ⟨10.1007/s10683-016-9508-x⟩. ⟨halshs-01480525⟩



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