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The Curse of Knowledge in Economic Settings: An Experimental Analysis

Camerer, Colin and Loewenstein, George and Weber, Martin (1989) The Curse of Knowledge in Economic Settings: An Experimental Analysis. Journal of Political Economy, 97 (5). pp. 1232-1254. ISSN 0022-3808.

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In economic analyses of asymmetric information, better-informed agents are assumed capable of reproducing the judgments of less-informed agents. We discuss a systematic violation of this assumption that we call the "curse of knowledge." Better-informed agents are unable to ignore private information even when it is in their interest to do so; more information is not always better. Comparing judgments made in individual-level and market experiments, we find that market forces reduce the curse by approximately 50 percent but do not eliminate it. Implications for bargaining, strategic behavior by firms, principal-agent problems, and choice under un-certainty are discussed.

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Official Citation:The Curse of Knowledge in Economic Settings: An Experimental Analysis Colin Camerer, George Loewenstein and Martin Weber The Journal of Political Economy Vol. 97, No. 5 (Oct., 1989), pp. 1232-1254 Published by: The University of Chicago Press Article Stable URL:
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