DP3371 Electoral College, Popular Vote and Regional Information

Author(s): Martina Behm, Hans Peter Grüner
Publication Date: May 2002
Keyword(s): electoral college, popular vote, regional information
JEL(s): D80, H11
Programme Areas: Public Economics
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We take up the discussion started by Condorcet on which voting system yields the highest probability that a good decision is taken. When regional information shocks are taken into account, an Electoral College system has advantages over simple majority vote under certain conditions: The probability that the utility-maximizing candidate wins is higher in the Electoral College system if the size of the adverse regional information shock is large.