When Winning is the Only Thing: Pure Strategy Nash Equilibria in a Three-Candidate Spatial Voting Model
AbstractIt is well-known that there are no pure strategy Nash equilibria (PSNE) in the standard three-candidate spatial voting model when candidates maximize their share of the vote. When all that matters to the candidates is winning the election, however, we show that PSNE do exist. We provide a complete characterization of such equilibria and then extend our results to elections with an arbitrary number of candidates. Finally, when two candidates face the potential entrant of a third, we show that PSNE no longer exist, however, they do exist when the number of existing candidates is at least three.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Ryerson University, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 021.
Length: 19 pages
Date of creation: Aug 2010
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Voting; spatial equilibrium; location models; entry.;
Other versions of this item:
- Richard Chisik & Robert Lemke, 2006. "When winning is the only thing: pure strategy Nash equilibria in a three-candidate spatial voting model," Social Choice and Welfare, Springer, vol. 26(1), pages 209-215, January.
- C7 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory
- D0 - Microeconomics - - General
- H8 - Public Economics - - Miscellaneous Issues
- R1 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics
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- NEP-ALL-2010-09-03 (All new papers)
- NEP-CDM-2010-09-03 (Collective Decision-Making)
- NEP-GTH-2010-09-03 (Game Theory)
- NEP-POL-2010-09-03 (Positive Political Economics)
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- Palfrey, Thomas R, 1984. "Spatial Equilibrium with Entry," Review of Economic Studies, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 51(1), pages 139-56, January.
- Roger B. Myerson & Robert J. Weber, 1988. "A Theory of Voting Equilibria," Discussion Papers 782, Northwestern University, Center for Mathematical Studies in Economics and Management Science.
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