On the Efficiency of Partial Information in Elections
Jon X. Eguia
New York Univ.; Univ. of Bristol
University of Manchester
November 26, 2012
We study the relation between the electorate's information about candidates' policy platforms during an election, and the subsequent provision of inefficient local public goods by the elected government. More information does not always lead to better outcomes. We show that the equilibrium outcome is efficient if voters are partially uninformed; whereas, if the electorate is very well informed, electoral competition leads candidates to provide inefficient local public goods in all equilibria.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 47
Keywords: Elections, information, inefficiency, pork, local public goods, campaigns.
JEL Classification: D72, D61, D82, H41working papers series
Date posted: September 21, 2011 ; Last revised: November 26, 2012
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