Brown Bag Seminar - Lu Li
Wir freuen uns, für 25. September 2019, ein Brown Bag Seminar mit Lu Li (LMU Munich) ankündigen zu können.
Lu Li wird ihr Paper "Opening up the Black Box: the Impact of Technological Transparency on Self-Protection" vorstellen.
Die Veranstaltung findet in Raum D4.0.019 von 12:00-13:00 Uhr statt.
Abstract: This article discusses the behavioral and welfare implications of uncovering the mechanism of self-protection technologies. Based on a new interpretation of self-protection, we introduce the concept of technological transparency -- the extent to which the mechanism of the technology is understood. We analyze the consequence of improved technological transparency according to whether the improvement stems from uncovering exogenous or endogenous risk determinants. We show that technological transparency improves welfare through enabling more efficient prevention, but this welfare improvement may be undermined or even reversed if information is incompletely disclosed or if the risk can be insured through private insurance markets. We also show that technological transparency affects behavior through an ex ante information channel and an ex post regret channel. Our findings have implications on the cost-benefit analysis of scientific research conducted to identify hidden risk determinants. They also inform the design of personalized preventive healthcare, as well as information campaigns to promote public safety.