Obvious belief elicitation

Elias Tsakas*

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An investigator is interested in arbitrarily approximating a subject's latent beliefs in obviously dominant strategies (Li, 2017). We prove that Karni's ascending mechanism (Karni, 2009) does not have an obviously dominant strategy. Thus, we introduce the novel descending Karni mechanism which always has obviously dominant strategies. Furthermore, under the assumption that the subject chooses an obviously dominant strategy, the true beliefs can be approximated with arbitrary precision with our mechanism. All our results hold for a very broad class of likelihood relations, going well beyond those that are represented by probabilistic beliefs. (C) 2019 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)374-381
Number of pages8
JournalGames and Economic Behavior
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2019


  • Karni mechanism
  • belief elicitation
  • obvious dominance
  • Belief elicitation
  • Obvious dominance


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