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Voting in Hiring Committees: Which “Almost” Rule is Optimal?

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  • Eyal Baharad

    (Bar-Ilan University)

  • Leif Danziger

    (Ben-Gurion University
    Aarhus University
    CESifo
    IZA)

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We determine the scoring rule that is most likely to select a high-ability candidate. A major result is that neither the widely used plurality rule nor the inverse-plurality rule are ever optimal, and that the Borda rule is hardly ever optimal. Furthermore, we show that only the almost-plurality, the almost-inverse-plurality, and the almost-Borda rule can be optimal. Which of the “almost” rules is optimal depends on the likelihood that a candidate has high ability and how likely committee members are to correctly identify the abilities of the different candidates.

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  • Eyal Baharad & Leif Danziger, 2018. "Voting in Hiring Committees: Which “Almost” Rule is Optimal?," Group Decision and Negotiation, Springer, vol. 27(1), pages 129-151, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:grdene:v:27:y:2018:i:1:d:10.1007_s10726-017-9553-7
    DOI: 10.1007/s10726-017-9553-7
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    Keywords

    Committee decisions; Scoring rules; “Almost” voting rules;
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    • D71 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Social Choice; Clubs; Committees; Associations

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