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Communication, leadership and coordination failure

Dong, Lu; Montero, Maria; Possajennikov, Alex

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Lu Dong



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We investigate the limits of communication and leadership in avoiding coordination failure in minimum effort games. Our environment is challenging, with low benefits of coordination relative to the effort cost. We consider two leader types: cheap-talk leader-communicators who suggest an effort level, and first-mover leaders who lead by example. Both types of leadership have some ability to increase effort in groups with no history, but are insufficient in groups with a history of low effort. Using the strategy method for followers’ responses, we attribute the persistence of coordination failure to the presence of followers who do not follow the leader.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 3, 2017
Online Publication Date Jun 21, 2017
Publication Date Jun 1, 2018
Deposit Date Jun 19, 2017
Publicly Available Date Jun 21, 2017
Journal Theory and Decision
Print ISSN 0040-5833
Electronic ISSN 1573-7187
Publisher Springer Verlag
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 84
Issue 4
DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/s11238-017-9617-9
Keywords Minimum effort game, Coordination failure, Communication, Leadership
Public URL https://nottingham-repository.worktribe.com/output/961264
Publisher URL https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs11238-017-9617-9

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