Social Learning with Ben Golub

In this episode, we talk with Ben Golub about his paper “Signaling, Shame, and Silence in Social Learning” co-authored with Arun Chandrasekhar and He Yang. This paper studies how signaling and shame-related concerns can reduce social learning. Throughout the conversation, Ben also shares helpful pieces of advice for young researchers ranging from working on multiple projects to writing better.  

The following references were mentioned during the conversation:

  • Goffman, E. (1963): Stigma: Notes on the Management of Spoiled Identity, Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall.
  • Jackson, M. O., and A. Wolinsky (1996): “A strategic model of social and economic networks,” Journal of Economic Theory, 71(1), 44 – 74.
  • Banerjee, A., E. Breza, A. G. Chandrasekhar, and B. Golub (2018): “When Less is More: Experimental Evidence on Information Delivery during India’s Demonetization,” NBER Working Paper No. 24679.

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