Sharing information: Could Experts Consolidate?

Abstract

In this paper, we analyze a cooperative model of information sharing among experts under four types of information structures, three of which are standard assumptions in the literature. We construct a transferable utility game, called commission games, which captures the value of information for a coalition of experts. We find that the core is empty for commission games that have information structures that satisfy symmetric monotone likelihood ratio property, conditional independence, or perfect correlation. We find a necessary condition that a weaker form of monotone likelihood ratio property leads to indifference between sharing and no sharing if the core exists. Lastly, we give a sufficient condition on the information structure for existence of core, which imposes strong complementarity of information between experts.

Mir Adnan Mahmood
Mir Adnan Mahmood
PhD Candidate, Department of Economics

My research interests include Experimental Economics, Economics of Information and Microeconomic Theory.