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Voting and Imitative Behavior

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    Political behavior generates private benefits by helping people fit in with desired friends. A voter imitates other voters but at the same time they imitate him. An equilibrium solution requires exogenous variables: the narrow self-interest of the participants. The reduced form makes one's vote a function of the narrow self-interest of others as well as one's own. In accord with the model, a person's party identification depends on his ethnic group's current income and its income in 1909 as well as his own income. Copyright 1994 by Oxford University Press.

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    Article provided by Western Economic Association International in its journal Economic Inquiry.

    Volume (Year): 32 (1994)
    Issue (Month): 1 (January)
    Pages: 92-102

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    Handle: RePEc:oup:ecinqu:v:32:y:1994:i:1:p:92-102

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    1. Lea-Rachel Kosnik, 2008. "Refusing to budge: a confirmatory bias in decision making?," Mind and Society: Cognitive Studies in Economics and Social Sciences, Fondazione Rosselli, vol. 7(2), pages 193-214, November.
    2. Robert Lowry, 1998. "Religion and the demand for membership in environmental citizen groups," Public Choice, Springer, vol. 94(3), pages 223-240, March.

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