Political Correctness

TitlePolitical Correctness
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2001
AuthorsMorris S
JournalJournal of Political Economy
Pagination - 265
Date PublishedApril 2001
ISBN Number0022-3808, 0022-3808
KeywordsEconomic Sociology, Economic Anthropology, Language, Social and Economic Stratification (Z13), Information, Political, Political Processes: Rent-seeking, Lobbying, Elections, Legislatures, and Voting Behavior (D72), Reputation, Search, Learning, Information and Knowledge, Communication, Belief, Unawareness (D83)
AbstractAn informed advisor wishes to convey her valuable information to an uninformed decision maker with identical preferences. Thus she has a current incentive to truthfully reveal her information. But if the decision maker thinks that the advisor might be biased in favor of one decision and the advisor does not wish to be thought to be biased, the advisor has a reputational incentive to lie. If the advisor is sufficiently concerned about her reputation, no information is conveyed in equilibrium. In a repeated version of this game, the advisor will care (instrumentally) about her reputation simply because she wants her valuable and unbiased advice to have an impact on future decisions.