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Overstating: A tale of two cities

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  • Matias Nunez

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  • Laslier Jean François Author-Workplace-Name : Ecole Polytechnique

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This work presents a rationale for the prevalent limits to voters’ information disclosure in electoral settings. When allowed to express an intensity of preferences, strategic voters overstate in equilibrium of large multi candidate elections. Due to these overstatements, the set of voting equilibria of elections held under different voting rules coincide: the voting rules are strategically equivalent. Voters need not anymore overstate in electorates with few voters. However, enlarging the set of available grades does not significantly alter the set of possible winners in such elections.

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  • Matias Nunez & Laslier Jean François Author-Workplace-Name : Ecole Polytechnique, 2010. "Overstating: A tale of two cities," THEMA Working Papers 2010-05, THEMA (THéorie Economique, Modélisation et Applications), Université de Cergy-Pontoise.
  • Handle: RePEc:ema:worpap:2010-05
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    Keywords

    Strategic voting; voting equilibria; intensity of preferences;

    JEL classification:

    • D70 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - General
    • D72 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Political Processes: Rent-seeking, Lobbying, Elections, Legislatures, and Voting Behavior

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