Committees and Distortionary Vagueness

(with Colin Krainin) (Last updated April 2016)

We study a model of a committee bargaining over how precisely to transmit information to the public. Biased committee members have an incentive to distort the public’s behavior through vague transmissions. We demonstrate two principal results. First, delegating decision making to a committee with an agenda-setting chair frequently reduces vagueness relative to delegating to an individual or a committee with no agenda setter. Second, when the committee chair and the median committee member are biased in opposing directions on an issue, more precise information is provided than when the chair and committee are of like bias.

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Date
13 April 2016