Definition of asymmetric information
- Writing in an economics text about variances in the prices paid for art, [Steven] Cheung wrote that “asymmetric information,” when one party knows more than the other, causes deceptive and unfair conduct. Buyers lacking information judge the quality by price, he wrote, and a “phony high price” was “often encountered in the arts market.”
- —Duff Wilson, Seattle Times, 27 Jan. 2003
- Unlike buying a piece of fruit or a shirt, where customers know exactly what they are purchasing, in markets with asymmetric information buyers do not know whether they are receiving the service or product that is in their best interest.
- —Charles Scott et al., Baltimore Sun, 29 Mar. 2010