Agenda-Setter Power Dynamics: Learning in Multi-Issue Bargaining

Renee Bowen, Ilwoo Hwang, Stefan Krasa

Research output: Working paper


We study a dynamic bargaining model between a fixed agenda-setter and responder over successive issues. If the responder rejects the setter’s proposal, the setter can attempt to assert her will to implement her ideal and will succeed with a probability that depends on her “personal power”. The players learn about the setter’s power as gridlock persists. Gridlock occurs when the setter’s perceived power is either too high or too low, and the players reach compromise in an intermediate interval of beliefs. The presence of “difficult” issues can induce more compromise as the players have incentives to avoid learning.
Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherNational Bureau of Economic Research
Number of pages44
StatePublished - Oct 2020

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