Essays on Information Transmission and its Economic Applications

Date of Award

Spring 5-15-2014

Author's School

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Author's Department


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Degree Type



In this dissertation, I study different models of information transmission and discuss their economic applications. The models describe communication between a Sender and a Receiver, where the Sender provides valuable information and the Receiver takes an action given this information. In Chapter 2 and Chapter 3, I present the models of strategic communication and examine the signaling mechanism in different contexts. In Chapter 4, I present a team theory model of costly communication and look at the Sender's mode of communication. These chapters share a common economic insight: it is optimal for the Sender to withhold part of information. In each chapter, I use this theoretical insight to explain economic applications.


English (en)

Chair and Committee

John Nachbar

Committee Members

David K Levine, Brian Rogers, Maher Said, Jonathan Weinstein


Permanent URL: https://doi.org/10.7936/K7S46PWZ

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