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Social Choice and Welfare

, Volume 20, Issue 3, pp 509–522 | Cite as

How majorities can lose the election Another voting paradox

  • Marco A. Haan
  • Peter Kooreman

Abstract.

We show that due to free riding of potential voters facing positive voting costs, the proposal with the highest number of supporters can still be the most likely to lose a binary election.

Keywords

Positive Vote Potential Voter Vote Paradox Vote Cost Binary Election 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2003

Authors and Affiliations

  • Marco A. Haan
    • 1
  • Peter Kooreman
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Groningen, Department of Economics, PO Box 800, 9700 AV Groningen, The Netherlands (e-mail: {m.a.haan; p.kooreman}@eco.rug.nl)NL

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