Optimal use of scarce information: When partisan voters are socially useful
AbstractWe develop a model of simultaneous and sequential voting in a committee where members do not share their private information and do not have the same preferences. When objective functions differ, an optimal order in the sequential game can be found, leading to a unique socially optimal equilibrium. Our result rationalizes the presence of biased (i.e., partisan) voters in small committees as a way of reaching social optimality.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by University of Milano-Bicocca, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 87.
Length: 35 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2005
Date of revision: Mar 2005
voting behaviour; private information; sequential games;
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