Implementing the “wisdom of the crowd”

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Abstract

We study a novel mechanism design model in which agents each arrive sequentially and choose one action from a set of actions with unknown rewards. The information revealed by the principal affects the incentives of the agents to explore and generate new information. We characterize the optimal disclosure policy of a planner whose goal is to maximize social welfare. One interpretation of our result is the implementation of what is known as the “wisdom of the crowd.” This topic has become increasingly relevant with the rapid spread of the Internet over the past decade.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)988-1012
Number of pages25
JournalJournal of Political Economy
Volume122
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Economics and Econometrics

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