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Unpublished Paper
Biases of Others: Anticipating Informational Projection in an Agency Setting
. (2014)
  • Kristof Madarasz, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • David Danz, WZB
  • Stephanie Wang, University of Pittsburgh
Evidence shows that people fail to account for informational differences and instead project their information onto others in that they too often act as if others had access to the same information they did. In this study, we find that while people naively project their information onto others, they also anticipate the projection of their differentially informed opponents onto them. Specifically, we find not only that better-informed principals exaggerate the extent to which lesser informed agents should act as if they were better-informed, but that lesser-informed agents anticipate such misperceptions as revealed by their choice of incentive scheme and elicited second-order estimates. Crucially, we estimate directly a parameter of projection equilibrium, Madarasz (2014), that characterizes simultaneously the extent to which principals project and the extent to which agents fail to recognize the principal's projection - because of their own projection - and find remarkably consistent estimates.
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Kristof Madarasz, David Danz and Stephanie Wang. "Biases of Others: Anticipating Informational Projection in an Agency Setting" . (2014)
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