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Counting on My Vote Not Counting: Expressive Voting in Committees

Boris Ginzburg, José Guerra () and Warn Nuarpear Lekfuangfu ()

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Abstract: A committee chooses whether to approve a proposal that some members may consider ethical. Members who vote for the proposal receive expressive utility, and all pay a cost if the proposal is accepted. Committee members have different depths of reasoning. The model predicts that features that reduce the probability of being pivotal - namely, larger committee size, or a more restrictive voting rule - raise the share of votes for the proposal. A laboratory experiment with a charitable donation framing supports these results. Our structural estimation recovers the distributions of altruistic and expressive preferences, and of depth of reasoning, across individuals.

Keywords: expressive voting; committees; pivotality; laboratory experiment; level-k; structural estimation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C57 C72 C92 D71 D91 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 66
Date: 2020-07-13
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