[VCEE Seminar] AUSSENDUNG | VCEE seminar 13.11.2020 online

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Dear members and friends of the VCEE,

You are invited to attend the VCEE seminar on Friday, November 13, 2020, from 10:00 to 11:30 hrs Vienna time.

We will have one speaker: Despoina Alempaki (U Warwick)

This seminar will be held online via Zoom.
I invite you stay on after the talk to discuss the presented paper with Despoina.

You'll need to install Zoom in order to join the seminar.
If you don't have Zoom already, you can simply click right now on the link above; you'll then be prompted to install it.
If you already have Zoom you can also use the following information:

Meeting ID: 844 4230 0561

Passcode: YPZeR9
If you need help, feel free to contact Philipp (philipp.kuelpmann at univie.ac.at<mailto:philipp.kuelpmann at univie.ac.at>).

The schedule is:
- 9:40: the waiting room opens
- 9:55: we let everyone into the seminar room
- 10:00--11:00: Despoina Alempaki’s talk
- Afterwards open discussion with everyone

Here is more information about the talk:

Despoina Alempaki (U Warwick)

Title:  Evasive Communication

Abstract: In many interactions, individuals can benefit from misleading their counterpart about their private information. To do so they can lie directly by misreporting the value of their private information. However, they can also evade by communications that might lead to false beliefs, yet which are not by themselves direct misrepresentations of the private value. In this paper, we investigate theoretically and experimentally whether i) the psychological cost of deception is higher for direct lying than for evasion, and ii) the language of evasion matters, i.e. some types of evasion are less costly than others. We compare direct lying with 3 types of evasion: falsely declaring ignorance, half-truth and active silence. Our results show that subjects are more likely to engage in half-truth and active silence than in direct lying, but that falsely declaring ignorance is not significantly different than direct lying. Reputational concerns do play a role, but are not the sole driver of the observed differences. Best regards,
Wieland Müller
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