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On random social choice functions with the tops-only property

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  • Chatterji, Shurojit
  • Zeng, Huaxia

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We study the standard voting model with randomization. A Random Social Choice Function (or RSCF) satisfies the tops-only property if the social lottery under each preference profile depends only on the peaks of voters' preferences. We identify a general condition on domains of preferences (the Interior Property and the Exterior Property) which ensures that every strategy-proof RSCF satisfying unanimity has the tops-only property. We show that our condition applies to important classes of voting domains which include restricted connected domains (Sato, 2013) and the multi-dimensional single-peaked domain (Barberà et al., 1993). As an application of our result, we show that every ex-post efficient and strategy-proof RSCF defined on the multi-dimensional single-peaked domain is a random dictatorship.

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  • Chatterji, Shurojit & Zeng, Huaxia, 2018. "On random social choice functions with the tops-only property," Games and Economic Behavior, Elsevier, vol. 109(C), pages 413-435.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:gamebe:v:109:y:2018:i:c:p:413-435
    DOI: 10.1016/j.geb.2017.11.011
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    Keywords

    Random social choice functions; Unanimity; Strategy-proofness; The tops-only property; The interior property; The exterior property;

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    • D71 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Social Choice; Clubs; Committees; Associations

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