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Theory and Decision

, Volume 63, Issue 1, pp 1–40 | Cite as

The Welfare Consequences of Strategic Voting in Two Commonly Used Parliamentary Agendas

  • Aki Lehtinen
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Abstract

This paper studies the welfare consequences of strategic voting in two commonly used parliamentary agendas by comparing the average utilities obtained in simulated voting under two behavioural assumptions: expected utility maximising behaviour and sincere behaviour. The average utility obtained in simulations is higher with expected utility maximising behaviour than with sincere voting behaviour under a broad range of assumptions. Strategic voting increases welfare particularly if the distribution of preference intensities correlates with voter types.

Keywords

agendas counterbalancing simulation strategic voting welfare 

Jel Classification Numbers

D71 D81 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Social and Moral PhilosophyUniversity of HelsinkiHelsinkiFinland

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