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Conflicts and Common Interests in Committees

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  • Hao Li
  • Sherwin Rosen
  • Wing Suen

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Committees improve decisions by pooling members' independent information, but promote manipulation, obfuscation, and exaggeration of private information when members have conflicting preferences. Committee decision procedures transform continuous data into ordered ranks through voting. This coarsens the transmission of information, but controls strategic manipulations and allows some degree of information sharing. Each member becomes more cautious in casting the crucial vote than when he alone makes the decision based on own information. Increased quality of one member's information results in his casting the crucial vote more often. Committees make better decisions for members than does delegation.

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  • Hao Li & Sherwin Rosen & Wing Suen, 2001. "Conflicts and Common Interests in Committees," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 91(5), pages 1478-1497, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:aea:aecrev:v:91:y:2001:i:5:p:1478-1497
    Note: DOI: 10.1257/aer.91.5.1478
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