Tatiana Mayskaya

I am an Assistant Professor of Economics at the International College of Economics and Finance and at the Faculty of Economic Sciences (Department of Theoretical Economics) in Higher School of Economics in Moscow, Russia 

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Research Interests: Information Economics, Economic Theory, Behavioral Economics 

Contact: tmayskaya@gmail.com

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Working Papers

(last version: June 5, 2022)     submitted     Presentation video (35 min)     Slides     ICEF Working Paper WP9/2019/05     All versions

An agent learns in continuous time from two information sources, each associated with a hypothesis. If a hypothesis is true, the associated source confirms it at a positive rate. False hypotheses are never confirmed. The agent's optimal learning strategy has two phases. During the first phase, the agent follows his beliefs; that is, at each moment, he learns from the source associated with the most likely hypothesis according to his current beliefs. During the second phase, he follows the opposite rule and focuses on the least likely hypothesis. 

(last version: June 16, 2022)     R&R in Games and Economic Behavior      Presentation video (30 min)     Slides     All versions

A rational principal delegates learning to an overconfident agent who overestimates the precision of the information he collects. The principal chooses between two contracts: commitment, in which the agent commits to the duration of learning in advance, and flexible, in which the agent decides when to stop learning in real time. When the agent is sufficiently overconfident, the principal optimally ties the agent's hands by offering him the commitment contract. When the principal can choose both the contract and the agent's level of overconfidence, selecting the rational agent is suboptimal when the cost of learning is sufficiently high.

(last version: December 4, 2022)     R&R in Economic Theory     supersedes Disagreement Under Almost Common Knowledge of Rationality     ICEF Working Paper WP9/2020/01     All versions

Two agents exchange their guesses about a state of the world infinitely many times. A small departure from common knowledge of rationality can have a severe impact on the beliefs and behavior of an extremist: while initial periods of disagreement produce a temporary convergence of beliefs, perpetual disagreement induces reversion to the prior. Paradoxically, a late change of opinion by the counterpart induces the extremist to switch sides because the change reassures him that the counterpart is intellectually capable and honest.

(last version: May 25, 2022)     R&R in Journal of Economic Theory     Presentation video (25 min)     Slides     Supplementary material     All versions

A hider publicly commits to the number of seekers and then privately gets involved in a story, which may be compromising. Each seeker aims to be the first to learn and report a compromising story. The seekers learn the story privately and in continuous time. With more seekers, the hider's story gets revealed at a faster rate, but each seeker gets discouraged and ceases learning more quickly. To reduce the probability of a compromising report, the hider may optimally choose infinitely many seekers. Nevertheless, the hider unambiguously benefits from making it harder for each seeker to learn her story.

(last version: November 6, 2022)     submitted     Slides     All versions

We study optimal diversity (in expertise) in hiring decisions. The key trade-off is that while hiring a more diverse team enlarges the team's pool of knowledge, it may also discourage communication between the hired experts. Equilibrium diversity balances this trade-off. We find that a gradual reduction in communication costs can lower diversity, but a big reduction in communication costs will eventually foster diversity.

A merger of two companies that are active in seemingly unrelated markets creates data linkage: by selling a product in one market, the merged company acquires informational advantage in a competitive insurance market. In the insurance market, the informed insurer earns an economic rent through cream-skimming. Some of this rent is competed away in the product market. Overall, the data linkage makes the consumers better off. The role of competitiveness of each market, the possibility of market monopolization and data-sharing requirement are discussed.

(last version: January 31, 2023)     All versions

We study the effect of a two-to-one merger on R&D activity in a dynamic model in which there is uncertainty about the feasibility of innovation. Once an innovation has already taken place, the merger may block future innovations (cannibalization effect). The merger may increase the probability of the first innovation (appropriability effect). The merger may bring the first innovation forward in time (informational effect). The merger may increase innovation diversity (diversity effect).

(last version: January 31, 2023)     All versions

What is the optimal diversity of expertise in a team? Prat (2002) shows that a supermodular production function (which describes strategic complementarity between individual outputs) implies a lower optimal diversity than a submodular function (which corresponds to strategic substitutability). We investigate how optimal diversity changes as the production function adjusts continuously from a supermodular to a submodular function. The Utilitarian objective gives an intuitive monotonic relationship. However, the Rawlsian objective, an objective that optimizes the worst scenario, generates a non-monotonic relationship: optimal diversity may fall with increasing weighting on the submodular component of the production function.

Work in Progress

Knowledge Transfers   joint with Doruk Cetemen, Chiara Margaria and Arina Nikandrova 

Dynamic Covenant Violations   joint with Andrew Bird, Stephen Karolyi and Thomas Ruchti

Ordering Data to Persuade   joint with Steven Kivinen and Arina Nikandrova 

Presentations by me or a coauthor

Second Workshop on Contracts, Incentives and Information (CEPR event; Collegio Carlo Alberto, Turin, Italy)

Imposing Commitment to Rein in Overconfidence in Learning slides

presented by Arina Nikandrova

NES30 Academic Conference in Memory of Gur Ofer (online)

Data Linkage between Markets: Does the Emergence of an Informed Insurer Cause Consumer Harm? slides

The 8th Lancaster Game Theory Conference (Lancaster University, UK)

Data Linkage between Markets: Does the Emergence of an Informed Insurer Cause Consumer Harm? slides

presented by Arina Nikandrova

Workshop in Information Economics in Higher School of Economics (Moscow)

Data Linkage between Markets: Does the Emergence of an Informed Insurer Cause Consumer Harm? slides

The 21th Annual Society for the Advancement of Economic Theory (SAET) Conference (Australian National University, Canberra, Australia, Online)

Does Reducing Communication Barriers Promote Diversity? slides

The 21th Annual Society for the Advancement of Economic Theory (SAET) Conference (Australian National University, Canberra, Australia, Online)

The Effect of Data-Driven Mergers on Insurance Markets slides

presented by Arina Nikandrova

Conference in Birkbeck, University of London

The Effect of Data-Driven Mergers on Insurance Markets slides

presented by Arina Nikandrova

Economic Theory Workshop (City, University of London)

The Dark Side of Transparency: When Hiding in Plain Sight Works slides

presented by Arina Nikandrova 

Micro Theory Workshop (Online)

The Effect of Data-Driven Mergers on Insurance Markets slides

Pennsylvania Economic Theory Conference (PETCO) (PennState University, PA, US)

Diversity and Communication slides

presented by Miaomiao Dong

Digital Economy Network Workshop (University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK, Online)

The Effect of Data-Driven Mergers on Insurance Markets slides

presented by Arina Nikandrova

PennState Theory Workshop

Diversity and Communication slides

presented by Miaomiao Dong

The 8th Annual Economic Theory Conference (Arizona State University, AZ, US)

Diversity and Communication slides

presented by Miaomiao Dong

City, University of London

Imposing Commitment to Rein in Overconfidence in Learning slides

presented by Arina Nikandrova

ICEF-FES-NES Micro Theory Workshop in Higher School of Economics (Moscow)

Imposing Commitment to Rein in Overconfidence in Learning slides

Learning, Evolution and Games Conference (LEG) (Online)

Privacy Paradox: When Hiding in Plain Sight Works slides

The 6th World Congress of the Game Theory Society (GAMES) (Budapest, Hungary, Online)

Privacy Paradox: When Hiding in Plain Sight Works slides

WEAI Virtual 96th Annual Conference

Implications of Overconfidence on Information Investment slides

The 20th Annual Society for the Advancement of Economic Theory (SAET) Conference (Seoul, South Korea, Online)

Privacy Paradox: When Hiding in Plain Sight Works slides

NRU Higher School of Economics (Moscow, Online)

Privacy Paradox: When Does Hiding in Plain Sight Work? slides

Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (Online)

Privacy Paradox: When Does Hiding in Plain Sight Work? slides

NRU Higher School of Economics (Moscow, Online)

Diversity and Communication slides

City, University of London (Online)

Privacy Paradox: When Does Hiding in Plain Sight Work? slides

presented by Arina Nikandrova 

The 12th World Congress of the Econometric Society (Bocconi University, Online)

Privacy Paradox: When Does Hiding in Plain Sight Work? slides

The 89th Annual Meeting of the Southern Economic Association (Fort Lauderdale, FL, US)

Privacy Paradox: When Does Hiding in Plain Sight Work? slides

ITAM (Mexico)

Privacy Paradox: When Does Hiding in Plain Sight Work? slides

NRU Higher School of Economics (Moscow)

Disagreement Under Almost Common Knowledge of Rationality slides

presented by Emiliano Catonini 

NRU Higher School of Economics (Moscow)

Privacy Paradox: When Does Hiding in Plain Sight Work? slides

The 30th International Conference on Game Theory (Stony Brook University, NY, US)

When Should We Care About Privacy? slides

The 19th Annual Society for the Advancement of Economic Theory (SAET) Conference (Ischia, Italy)

Disagreement Under Almost Common Knowledge of Rationality slides

NRU Higher School of Economics (Moscow)

When Should We Care About Privacy? Information Collection in Games slides

NRU Higher School of Economics (Saint Petersburg)

Implications of Overconfidence on Information Investment slides

NRU Higher School of Economics (Moscow)

Endogenous Choice Between Ultimatum and Dictator Games: Experimental Evidence slides

The 88th Annual Meeting of the Southern Economic Association (Washington, DC, US)

Endogenous Choice Between Ultimatum and Dictator Games: Experimental Evidence slides

The 4th Lancaster Game Theory Conference (Lancaster University, UK)

Cognitive Hierarchical Model in Networks slides

Birkbeck, University of London

Endogenous Choice Between Ultimatum and Dictator Games: Experimental Evidence slides

The 10th Lisbon Meeting in Game Theory and Applications (Lisbon School of Economics and Management, Portugal)

Cognitive Hierarchical Model in Networks slides

European Summer Meeting of the Econometric Society (University of Cologne, Germany)

Dynamic Choice of Information Sources slides

The 29th International Conference on Game Theory (Stony Brook University, NY, US)

Cognitive Hierarchical Model in Networks slides

North American Summer Meeting of the Econometric Society (UC Davis, CA, US)

Dynamic Choice of Information Sources slides

The 18th Annual Society for the Advancement of Economic Theory (SAET) Conference (Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan)

Implications of Overconfidence on Information Investment slides

Toulouse School of Economics

Dynamic Choice of Information Sources slides

The 3rd Lancaster Game Theory Conference (Lancaster University, UK)

Implications of Overconfidence on Information Investment slides

Cambridge University

Dynamic Choice of Information Sources slides

University of Warwick

Dynamic Choice of Information Sources slides

Oxford University (Nuffield College)

Dynamic Choice of Information Sources slides

The 28th International Conference on Game Theory (Stony Brook University, NY, US)

Dynamic Choice of Information Sources slides

Carnegie Mellon University (Tepper School of Business)

Dynamic Choice of Information Sources slides

NRU Higher School of Economics (Moscow)

Dynamic Choice of Information Sources slides

The 18th Southwest Economic Theory (SWET) Conference (UC Riverside, CA, US)

Selective Exposure to Information slides

Archive

Are People Subject to Persuasion Bias? Test of DeGroot Model   joint with Li Song     September 27, 2017 

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