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Deliberation, Leadership and Information Aggregation

  • Javier Rivas

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  • Carmelo Rodriguez-Alvarez

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We analyze committees of voters who take a decision between two options as a two stage process. In a discussion stage, voters share non verifiable information about a private signal concerning what is the best option. In a voting stage, votes are cast and one of the options is implemented. We introduce the possibility of leadership whereby a certain voter, the leader, is more influential than the rest at the discussion stage even though she is not better informed. We study information transmission and find, amongst others, a non-monotonic relation between how influential the leader is and how truthful voters are at discussion stage.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, University of Leicester in its series Discussion Papers in Economics with number 12/16.

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Handle: RePEc:lec:leecon:12/16
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