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Is specialization desirable in committee decision making?

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  • Ruth Ben-Yashar

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  • Winston Koh

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  • Shmuel Nitzan

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Committee decision making is examined in this study focusing on the role assigned to the committee members. In particular, we are concerned about the comparison between committee performance under specialization and non-specialization of the decision makers.
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  • Ruth Ben-Yashar & Winston Koh & Shmuel Nitzan, 2012. "Is specialization desirable in committee decision making?," Theory and Decision, Springer, vol. 72(3), pages 341-357, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:theord:v:72:y:2012:i:3:p:341-357
    DOI: 10.1007/s11238-011-9260-9
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    1. Bryan C. McCannon & Paul Walker, 2016. "Endogenous competence and a limit to the Condorcet Jury Theorem," Public Choice, Springer, vol. 169(1), pages 1-18, October.
    2. Bryan C. McCannon, 2015. "Condorcet jury theorems," Chapters,in: Handbook of Social Choice and Voting, chapter 9, pages 140-160 Edward Elgar Publishing.

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    Keywords

    Project selection; Public policy; Collective decision making; Committee; Uncertain dichotomous choice; Specialization; Simple majority rule; D81; D71;

    JEL classification:

    • D81 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Criteria for Decision-Making under Risk and Uncertainty
    • D71 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Social Choice; Clubs; Committees; Associations

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