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Participation quorums in costly meetings

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  • Sabine Flamand

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  • Orestis Troumpounis

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Meetings of shareholders, societies, and clubs often require a minimal participation quorum. In the absence of a quorum, no valid decisions can be made; thus, decisions are postponed to a later meeting. This paper examines the effect of such quorum constraints on both individual behavior and collective outcomes in a model of costly meetings. We show that when a binding quorum constraint delivers an immediate decision, it also induces a welfare loss with respect to the outcome that prevails when no quorum applies, potentially including policy distortions. When the quorum requirement is high and causes the decision to be postponed, the number of participants in the (second) meeting may decrease with respect to the zero-quorum rule. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2014

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  • Sabine Flamand & Orestis Troumpounis, 2014. "Participation quorums in costly meetings," Public Choice, Springer, vol. 159(1), pages 53-62, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:pubcho:v:159:y:2014:i:1:p:53-62
    DOI: 10.1007/s11127-012-0013-2
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    Keywords

    Quorum; Costly meetings; Committees; Participation; D71;

    JEL classification:

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

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