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On the merit of non-specialization in the context of majority voting

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  • Baharad, Eyal
  • Ben-Yashar, Ruth
  • Patal, Tal

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This study shows that independence between voters’ skills and states of nature improves the majority voting efficiency relative to the case when such independence does not exist. This implies that specialization (state of nature wise) is not advantageous under the simple majority rule.

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  • Baharad, Eyal & Ben-Yashar, Ruth & Patal, Tal, 2020. "On the merit of non-specialization in the context of majority voting," Journal of Mathematical Economics, Elsevier, vol. 87(C), pages 128-133.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:mateco:v:87:y:2020:i:c:p:128-133
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jmateco.2020.01.002
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