DP3371 | Electoral College, Popular Vote and Regional Information

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20/05/2002

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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.