Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/221551
Authors: 
Fedderson, Timothy J.
Pesendorfer, Wolfgang
Year of Publication: 
1996
Series/Report no.: 
Discussion Paper No. 1195
Abstract: 
We analyze a model of a two-candidate election in which voters have asymmetric information and diverse preferences. Voters may costlessly choose to either vote for one of the candidates or abstain. We demonstrate that a strictly positive fraction of the electorate will abstain and, nevertheless, elections effectively aggregate voter's private information. The model also provides an explanation for observed patterns of participation and partisanship.
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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