Confirmation bias and signaling in Downsian elections

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Millner , Antony; Ollivier , Hélène; Simon , Leo;
(2017)
  • Publisher: HAL CCSD
  • Subject: [ SHS.ECO ] Humanities and Social Sciences/Economies and finances | JEL: D - Microeconomics/D.D7 - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making/D.D7.D72 - Political Processes: Rent-Seeking, Lobbying, Elections, Legislatures, and Voting Behavior | JEL: D - Microeconomics/D.D9 - Intertemporal Choice/D.D9.D91 - Intertemporal Household Choice • Life Cycle Models and Saving | [SHS.ECO]Humanities and Social Sciences/Economies and finances | signaling | electoral competition | pandering | JEL Codes: D72 | JEL : D - Microeconomics/D.D7 - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making/D.D7.D72 - Political Processes: Rent-Seeking, Lobbying, Elections, Legislatures, and Voting Behavior | D91 Keywords: Confirmation bias | JEL : D - Microeconomics/D.D9 - Intertemporal Choice/D.D9.D91 - Intertemporal Household Choice • Life Cycle Models and Saving

How do voters' behavioural biases affect political outcomes? We study this question in a model of Downsian electoral competition in which office-motivated candidates have private information about the benefits of policies, and voters may infer candidates' information fr... View more
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