Discussion paper

DP13203 Should Straw Polls be Banned?

A Principal appoints a committee of partially informed experts to choose a policy. The experts' preferences are aligned with each other but conflict with hers. We study whether she gains from banning committee members from communicating or "deliberating'' before voting. Our main result is that if the committee plays its preferred equilibrium and the Principal must use a threshold voting rule, then she does not gain from banning deliberation. We show using examples how she can gain if she can choose the equilibrium played by the committee, or use a non-anonymous or non-monotone social choice rule.


Bohren, A (2018), ‘DP13203 Should Straw Polls be Banned?‘, CEPR Discussion Paper No. 13203. CEPR Press, Paris & London. https://cepr.org/publications/dp13203