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American Economic Review: Vol. 94 No. 1 (March 2004)

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Costly Voting

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Borgers, Tilman. 2004. "Costly Voting." American Economic Review, 94(1): 57-66.

DOI: 10.1257/000282804322970706

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What are good voting rules if voting is costly? We analyze this question for the case that an electorate chooses among two alternatives. In a symmetric private value model of voting we show that majority voting with voluntary participation Paretodominates majority voting with compulsory participation as well as random decision-making.

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