Prof. Alexander Frankel


Working Papers

Information Hierarchies (with Ben Brooks and Emir Kamenica)
  September 2019
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Improving Information from Manipulable Data (with Navin Kartik)
  First version posted August 2019; Updated September 2019
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Which Findings Should Be Published? (with Max Kasy)
  First version posted June 2018; Updated April 2019
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Selecting Applicants
  First version posted May 2015; Updated February 2019
  Revision requested at Econometrica
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Forthcoming and Published Papers

Quantifying Information and Uncertainty (with Emir Kamenica)
  First version posted April 2018; Updated April 2019
  Accepted at American Economic Review
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Muddled Information (with Navin Kartik)
  Journal of Political Economy, August 2019 [127(4):1739-1776]
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A Note on Interval Delegation (with Manuel Amador and Kyle Bagwell)
  Economic Theory Bulletin, October 2018, [6(2):239-249]
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What Kind of Central Bank Competence? (with Navin Kartik)
  Theoretical Economics, May 2018 [13:697-728]
  An earlier version with a different focus was circulated under the title What Kind of Transparency?
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Discounted Quotas
  Journal of Economic Theory, November 2016 [166:396-444]
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Delegating Multiple Decisions
  AEJ: Micro, November 2016 [8(4):16-53]
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This paper shows how to extend the heuristic of capping an agent against her bias to delegation problems over multiple decisions. These caps may be exactly optimal when the agent has constant biases, in which case a cap corresponds to a ceiling on the weighted average of actions. In more general settings caps give approximately first-best payoffs when there are many independent decisions. The geometric logic of a cap translates into economic intuition on how to let agents trade off increases on one action for decreases on other actions. I consider specific applications to political delegation, capital investments, monopoly price regulation, and tariff policy.

Suspense and Surprise (with Jeff Ely and Emir Kamenica)
  Online Appendix
  Journal of Political Economy, February 2015 [123(1):215-260]
    Press: New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Freakonomics (1), Freakonomics (2)
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Taxation of Couples under Assortative Mating
  AEJ: Policy, August 2014 [6(3):155-177]
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Aligned Delegation
  Online Appendix
  American Economic Review, January 2014 [104(1):66-83]
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Experts and Their Records (with Michael Schwarz)
  Economic Inquiry, January 2014 [52(1):56-71]
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