Tehran Institute for Advanced Studies (TeIAS)

/ Information Design

Short Course

Information Design

December 22, 2018


Khatam University, Building No2.
Address: Mollasadra Blvd., North Shirazi St., East Daneshvar St., No.17. See location on Google map


Dr. Nima Haghpanah

Assistant professor of Economics at Pennsylvania State University


Information design studies information disclosure policies and their effects on the payoffs of senders and receivers of information. In this short course, we provide an overview of information design, with an eye towards more applied work.We start with Bayesian Persuasion, which presented a framework for studying information design (Kamenica and Gentzkow, 2011). We then study two applications to markets. First, we study how a seller’s ability to price discriminate based on observable characteristics of consumers affects producer and consumer surplus (Bergemann, Brooks, and Morris, 2015). Second, we discuss whether or not consumers benefit from knowing their own preferences (Roesler and Szentes, 2017).


Nima Haghpanah is an assistant professor of Economics at Pennsylvania State University. Prior to that, he was a postdoctoral associate at MIT CSAIL and Sloan School of Management. He obtained his PhD in 2014 from Northwestern University. His dissertation was on optimal multi-parameter auctions, and his research interests are mechanism design, auction design, and game theory. Nima has received a best dissertation award from Northwestern University, and a graduate fellowship from the Simons Foundation.