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The symmetric equilibria of symmetric voter participation games with complete information

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  • Nöldeke, Georg
  • Peña, Jorge

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We characterize the symmetric Nash equilibria of the symmetric voter participation game with complete information introduced by Palfrey and Rosenthal (1983). Our results confirm their conjecture on the existence, multiplicity, and comparative statics of such equilibria and yield more precise information on how changes in team size affect the location of equilibria.

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  • Nöldeke, Georg & Peña, Jorge, 2015. "The symmetric equilibria of symmetric voter participation games with complete information," CEPR Discussion Papers 10751, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
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    Keywords

    costly voting; mixed strategy equilibrium; participation games; polynomials in Bernstein form;
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    JEL classification:

    • C72 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - Noncooperative Games
    • D72 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Political Processes: Rent-seeking, Lobbying, Elections, Legislatures, and Voting Behavior

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