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Democratic values transmission


  • Pablo Branas-Garza

    (Business School, Middlesex University London)

  • Maria Paz Espinosa

    (Departamento de Fundamentos Analisis Economico II,University of the Basque Country
    BRiDGE,University of the Basque Country)

  • Ayca Ebru Giritligil

    (BELIS, Istanbul Bilgi University)


This study addresses the issue of intergenerational transmission of democratic values embedded in social choice rules. We focus on a few rules which have been the focus of social choice theory: plurality, plural- ity with a runoff, majoritarian compromise, social compromise and Borda rule. We confront subjects with preferences profiles of a hypothetical electorate over a set of four alternatives. Different rules produce different outcomes and subjects decide which alternative should be chosen for the society whose preference profile is shown. We elicit each subject’s pref- erences over rules and his/her parents’ and check whether there is any relationship; 186 students and their parents attended the sessions at Is- tanbul Bilgi University. Overall, we find support for the hypothesis of parental transmission of democratic values and gender differences in the transmitted rule.

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  • Pablo Branas-Garza & Maria Paz Espinosa & Ayca Ebru Giritligil, 2014. "Democratic values transmission," SEET Working Papers 2014-01, BELIS, Istanbul Bilgi University.
  • Handle: RePEc:beb:wpseet:201401

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    • D71 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Social Choice; Clubs; Committees; Associations
    • D72 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Political Processes: Rent-seeking, Lobbying, Elections, Legislatures, and Voting Behavior
    • C90 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - General

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