Deliberation, leadership and information aggregation

Javier Rivas, Carmelo Rodriguez-Alvarez

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Abstract

We analyze committees of voters who take a decision between two options as a two stage process. In a discussion stage, voters share non verifiable information about a private signal concerning what is the best option. In a voting stage, votes are cast and one of the options is implemented. We introduce the possibility of leadership whereby a certain voter, the leader, is more influential than the rest at the discussion stage even though she is not better informed. We study information transmission and find, amongst others, a non-monotonic relation between how influential the leader is and how truthful voters are at discussion stage.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)395-429
JournalThe Manchester School
Volume85
Issue number4
Early online date22 Jun 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2017

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