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A concept of sincerity for combinatorial voting

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  • Francesco De Sinopoli

    () (Department of Economics (University of Verona))

  • Claudia Meroni

    () (Department of Economics (University of Verona))

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A basic problem in voting theory is that all the strategy profiles in which nobody is pivotal are Nash equilibria. We study elections where voters decide simultaneously on several binary issues. We extend the concept of conditional sincerity introduced by Alesina and Rosenthal (1996) and propose an intuitive and simple criterion to refine equilibria in which players are not pivotal. This is shown to have a foundation in a refinement of perfection that takes into account the material voting procedure. We prove that in large elections the proposed solution is characterized through a weaker definition of Condorcet winner and always survives sophisticated voting.

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  • Francesco De Sinopoli & Claudia Meroni, 2017. "A concept of sincerity for combinatorial voting," Working Papers 01/2017, University of Verona, Department of Economics.
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    Keywords

    Voting theory; multi-issue elections; strategic voting; perfect equilibrium.;

    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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