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Random walks and voting theory

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  • VIEILLE, Nicolas

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    Voters' preferences depend on the available information. Following Case-Based Decision Theory, we assume that this information is processed additively. We prove that the collective preferences deduced from the individual ones through majority vote cannot be arbitrary, as soon as a winning quota is required. The proof is based on a new result on random walks.

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    Paper provided by HEC Paris in its series Les Cahiers de Recherche with number 753.

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    Length: 20 pages
    Date of creation: 01 May 2002
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    Handle: RePEc:ebg:heccah:0753

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    Keywords: voting theory; quotas; random walks;

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    1. Gilboa, Itzhak & Schmeidler, David, 1995. "Case-Based Decision Theory," The Quarterly Journal of Economics, MIT Press, vol. 110(3), pages 605-39, August.
    2. VIEILLE, Nicolas & GILBOA, Itzhak, 2002. "Majority vote following a debate," Les Cahiers de Recherche 761, HEC Paris.
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