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Student
Title
Supervisor
Faculty
Educational Programme
Final Grade
Year of Graduation
Zaruhi Hakobyan
Information Manipulation and Protest
Economics: Research Programme
(Master’s programme)
2016
In the framework of my master thesis I modify Edmond’s (2013) model «information manipulation and regime change» by using another structure of sending information. We use social networks structure. We find that the government and the opposition can change their level of manipulating information depending on probabilities. In some values government cost advantages cannot get him any advantages in manipulation. We tried to find an answer to a puzzle why opposition/ government invest in a region where they are losing. For solving that puzzle we have made one more extension to our model by modifying the opposition’s payoff function embedding some costs on bribe (or making fake profiles). As a result the opposition bribes citizens who do not get any signal, and, therefore, the probability of getting opposition messages increases.

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