Rachel Kranton (Duke), "Social Connectedness and the Market for Information"


Leacock Building Room 429, 855 rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montreal, QC, H3A 2T7, CA

“Social Connectedness and the Market for Information”

Rachel Kranton (Duke)
September 16, 2022, 3:30 to 5:00 PM
Leacock 429

Host: Leonie Baumann
Field: Theory

This paper introduces a simple model of contemporary information markets: Consumers prefer high-quality information, judiciously sharing stories and posts. High-quality stories are costly to produce, and overall quality is endogenous. When producers’ payoffs derive from how many consumers see their stories, quality is highest when social connectedness is neither too high nor too low. In highly-connected markets, low-quality stories are widely seen and dominate. Third-party misinformation can increase high-quality output, since consumers share more judiciously. When producers’ payoffs depend on consumer actions (e.g, votes or purchases) and consumers are highly connected, consumers perfectly infer quality and misinformation has no impact.

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