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Experimental Cost of Information

Number: 657
Year: 2019
Author(s): Tommaso Denti, Massimo Marinacci, and Aldo Rustichini
We relate two representations of the cost of acquiring information: a cost that depends on the experiment performed, as in statistical decision theory, and a cost that depends on the distribution of posterior beliefs, as in the theory of rational inattention. In many cases of interests, the two representations prove to be inconsistent with each other. We provide a systematic analysis of the inconsistency, propose a way around it, and apply our findings to information acquisition in games.