Corvinus Game Theory Seminar

CIAS invites you to the next talk of the Corvinus Game Theory Seminar.

Apr. 27 (12-13) room C.714

Christopher Stapenhurst (BME QSMS) 

Deterring bribery with Scotch Hold ’em Poker 

We study principal-monitor-agent problems where monitors can take bribes to hide evidence. We find that the cheapest bribe-proof mechanism resembles a novel game of poker. Both players are dealt a hand (their private information). If the monitor refuses the bribe and reveals evidence then the game moves to a showdown. If a player’s hand wins by a suitable margin in the showdown, then that player gets a prize. This game engineers a two-sided lemons problem in bribe negotiations. Hiding evidence forgoes a showdown so no player wants to negotiate with a (much) weaker handed player. Negotiations unravel with the strongest hand leaving first, and successively weaker hands leaving with each round of iterated reasoning. The mechanism is robust to monitoring mistakes, limited liability and arbitrary negotiation protocols. It also demonstrates novel “worst-case” information structures that delimit the most unfavourable conditions for coordination.  

Whereas my talks in BME and the Corvinus economics seminar will focus on why Scotch Poker deters bribes; in this talk I intend to focus more on why Scotch Poker is optimal. 

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