Accidentally I learnt: On Relevance and Information Resistance

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Despite efforts to teach agents about their privilege by minimizing cost of information, Kinney & Bright argue risksensitive frameworks like Buchak's allow privileged agents to rationally shield themselves from this costless and relevant information. In response, I show that uncertainty about information's relevance may block one from rationally upholding ignorance. I explore the implications and interpretations of the agent's uncertainty; these educational initiatives may not be as doomed as suggested, and agents may feel better having learned something but rationally decline to learn it now. This has upshots for the viability of risksensitive expected utility theory in explaining elitegroup ignorance.
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PSA2022450
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University of Pittsburgh

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