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Compulsory Disclosure of Private Information: Theoretical and Experimental Results for the Acquiring-a-Company Game

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Compulsory disclosure of private information to an uninformed seller or buyer of a company is intended to induce welfare-enhancing transactions. Our theoretical and experimental investigation suggests different effects of information disclosure on seller and buyer decisions. When sellers are uninformed, information disclosure increases the probability of transactions, whereas when buyers are uninformed, disclosure increases the probability of transactions only if sellers' valuation of the company is sufficiently high. We extend the acquiring-a-company game to derive predictions regarding the effects of disclosure and experimentally investigate the transition from asymmetric to symmetric information. (C91, D61, D82)
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Keywords: acquiring a company; asymmetric information; compulsory disclosure of private information; experimental economics

Appeared or available online: July 13, 2018

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