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Equilibrium Agenda Formation

  • Dutta, Bhaskar

    (Indian Statistical Institute, New Delhi and Department of Economics, University of Warwick)

  • Jackson, Matthew O.

    (California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California)

  • Breton, Michel Le

    (Universite d'Aix-Marseille)

We develop a definition of equilibrium for agenda formation in general voting settings. The definition is independent of any protocol. We show that the set of equilibrium outcomes for any Pareto efficient voting rule is uniquely determined. We also show that for such voting rules, if preferences are strict then the set of equilibrium outcomes coincides with that of the outcomes generated by considering all full agendas for voting by successive elimination and show that the set of equilibrium outcomes corresponds with the Banks set. We also examine the implications in several other settings.

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Paper provided by University of Warwick, Department of Economics in its series The Warwick Economics Research Paper Series (TWERPS) with number 628.

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Length: 42 pages
Date of creation: 2002
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Handle: RePEc:wrk:warwec:628
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