CFDP 1271

Faulty Communication

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Publication Date: August 2000

Pages: 27

Abstract: 

The electronic mail game of Rubinstein (1989) showed that a lack of common knowledge generated by faulty communication can make coordinated action impossible. This paper shows how this conclusion is robust to having a more realistic timing structure of messages, more than two players who meet publicly but not as a plenary group, and strategic decisions about whether to communicate.

Keywords: 

Electronic mail, common knowledge, coordination

JEL Classification Codes: C72, D8