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Vote trading in power-sharing systems: A laboratory investigation

Nikolas Tsakas (), Dimitrios Xefteris and Nicholas Ziros

University of Cyprus Working Papers in Economics from University of Cyprus Department of Economics

Abstract: In theory, decentralized vote trading in power-sharing systems promotes: a) efficiency, by assigning greater decision-making power to individuals that care a lot about the election’s outcome, and b) dispersion of benefits, since even individuals that have little interest about the electoral result can profit by selling their votes. We experimentally test these intuitions in the laboratory and find that, indeed, allowing real subjects to trade votes for money in such systems increases collective welfare, and substantially redistributes it towards those that are less concerned about the election. Importantly, these findings hold true under alternative trading institutions, thus, reinforcing their empirical relevance.

Keywords: vote trading; power sharing; experiment; collective welfare (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D72 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2018-10
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