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Coalition Formation in a Legislative Voting Game

Christiansen, N., Georganas, S. and Kagel, J. H. (2013). Coalition Formation in a Legislative Voting Game (Report No. 13/16). London, UK: Department of Economics, City University London.

Abstract

We experimentally investigate the Jackson-Moselle (2002) model where legislators bargain over policy proposals and the allocation of private goods. Key comparative static predictions of the model hold as policy proposals shift in the predicted direction with private goods, with the variance in policy outcomes increasing as well. Private goods increase total welfare even after accounting for their cost and help secure legislative compromise. Coalition formations are better characterized by an efficient equal split between coalition partners than the stationary subgame perfect equilibrium prediction.

Publication Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
Additional Information: © 2013 the authors.
Publisher Keywords: legislative bargaining, policy decisions, private goods, experiment
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
J Political Science > JC Political theory
Departments: School of Arts & Social Sciences > Economics > Discussion Paper Series
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/2903
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