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Meetings with costly participation

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  • Martin Osborne
  • Jeffry Rosenthal
  • Matthew A. Turner

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We study a collective decision-making process in which people who are interested in an issue are invited to attend a meeting, and the policy chosen is a compromise among the preferences of those who show up. We show that in an equilibrium the number of attendees is small and their positions are extreme; in a wide range of circumstances the outcome is random. These characteristics of an equilibrium are consistent with evidence on the outcome of hearings on US regulatory policy.

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Paper provided by University of Toronto, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number mturner-98-02.

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Length: 41 pages
Date of creation: 11 May 1998
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Handle: RePEc:tor:tecipa:mturner-98-02

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