Jury Size in Classical Athens: An Application of the Condorcet Jury Theorem
Bryan C. McCannon
West Virginia University & Center for Free Enterprise; Saint Bonaventure University
September 1, 2009
Jury composition varied greatly in the courts in classical Athens. A simple theoretical model of collective decisionmaking is developed, which is an extension of the Condorcet Jury Theorem. The determinates of optimal group size are analyzed. The results are used to explain the size of juries in classical Athens along with the variation in their membership.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 25
Keywords: Classical Athens, Condorcet Jury Theorem, jury decisionmaking, optimal group size
JEL Classification: K4, N4
Date posted: September 8, 2009
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