Journal of Economic Perspectives: Vol. 10 No. 4 (Fall 1996)


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Classroom Games: Information Cascades

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Anderson, Lisa R., and Charles A. Holt. 1996. "Classroom Games: Information Cascades." Journal of Economic Perspectives, 10(4): 187-193.

DOI: 10.1257/jep.10.4.187


This paper describes how to set up a classroom exercise in which students see private signals and make public decisions in sequence. A pattern of conforming decisions in this context is called an information cascade. Once a cascade starts, it is rational for students to ignore their private signals and follow the pattern of previous decisions. This exercise provides an interactive framework that facilitates discussions of Bayes's rule, information, and social conformity.

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Anderson, Lisa R. (American U)
Holt, Charles A. (U VA)

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A20: Economic Education and Teaching of Economics: General


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