Econometrica: Mar 2013, Volume 81, Issue 2

Language Barriers
p. 781-812

Andreas Blume, Oliver Board

Different people use language in different ways. We capture this by making —the set of messages an agent can use and understand—private information. Our primary focus is on common‐interest games. Communication generally remains possible; it may be severely impaired even with common knowledge that language competence is adequate; and, , the confounding of payoff‐relevant information with information about language competence, is optimal.

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