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|
|Programme Areas:||Public Economics|
|Link to this Page:||cepr.org/active/publications/discussion_papers/dp.php?dpno=3371|
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.