Communication and Information in Games of Collective Decision: A Survey of Experimental Results
Cesar Martinelli () and
Thomas R. Palfrey ()
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Thomas R. Palfrey: Division of the Humanities and Social Sciences, California Institute of Technology
No 1065, Working Papers from George Mason University, Interdisciplinary Center for Economic Science
We survey selectively lab experiments on voting games including pre-play activities such as communication and other forms of information release. We focus on a few areas that have received much attention in the last few decades, including costly voting and other collective action problems, coordination in elections with more than two alternatives, electoral competition and democratic accountability with imperfect Information, and legislative bargaining. We identify three forces that appear to be operating when communication is allowed: equilibrium, efficiency, and (underlying both) coordination.
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