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Votes based on protracted deliberations

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  • Neilson, William S.
  • Winter, Harold

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We analyze group decision-making in situations in which members discuss the value of a continuous random variable, then take an up-or-down vote based on their assessments of the continuous variable. Applications include jury deliberations and tenure and promotion or partnership votes. We determine conditions under which the group can reach a consensus on the value of the continuous variable, conditions under which the group fails to reach an agreement on the up-or-down vote, and when the outcome of a successful up-or-down vote matches the consensus on the continuous variable. We also consider the impact of unanimous versus nonunanimous voting rules.

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  • Neilson, William S. & Winter, Harold, 2008. "Votes based on protracted deliberations," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Elsevier, vol. 67(1), pages 308-321, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jeborg:v:67:y:2008:i:1:p:308-321
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    1. Jackson, Matthew O. & Tan, Xu, 2013. "Deliberation, disclosure of information, and voting," Journal of Economic Theory, Elsevier, vol. 148(1), pages 2-30.
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    3. Bruno Wichmann, 2015. "Agents of Change and the Approximation of Network Outcomes: a Simulation Study," Networks and Spatial Economics, Springer, vol. 15(1), pages 17-41, March.
    4. Neilson, William S. & Winter, Harold, 2005. "The Elimination of Hung Juries: Retrials and Nonunanimous Verdicts," International Review of Law and Economics, Elsevier, vol. 25(1), pages 1-19, March.
    5. Guha, Brishti, 2017. "Should Jurors Deliberate?," MPRA Paper 79876, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    6. Christopher Spencer, 2014. "Monetary Policy Committees and DeGrootian Consensus," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 34(2), pages 1291-1302.

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