Vote or Shout
AbstractWe examine an environment with n voters each with a private value over two alternatives. We compare the social surplus of two mechanisms for deciding between them: majority voting and shouting. In majority voting, the choice with the most votes wins. With shouting, the voter who shouts the loudest (sends the costliest wasteful signal) chooses the outcome. We find that it is optimal to use voting in the case where n is large and value for each particular alternative of the voters is bounded. For other cases, the superior mechanism is depends upon the order statistics of the distribution of values.
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Date of creation: 14 Apr 2010
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majority voting; voting procedures; social efficiency;
Other versions of this item:
- C70 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - General
- D72 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Political Processes: Rent-seeking, Lobbying, Elections, Legislatures, and Voting Behavior
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- NEP-ALL-2010-04-24 (All new papers)
- NEP-CDM-2010-04-24 (Collective Decision-Making)
- NEP-GTH-2010-04-24 (Game Theory)
- NEP-POL-2010-04-24 (Positive Political Economics)
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