The Black Rule is Best!

40 Pages Posted: 21 Mar 2012

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Florenz Plassmann

SUNY at Binghamton, Department of Economics

T. Nicolaus Tideman

Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University - Department of Economics

Date Written: March 19, 2012

Abstract

We assess the frequencies with which fourteen voting rules encounter nine voting paradoxes and ties, using a statistical model that simulates ranking profiles that follow the same distribution as ranking profiles in actual elections. Thus the frequencies that we estimate from our simulated data are likely to be very close to the frequencies that we can expect to observe in actual elections. We find that two Condorcet consistent voting rules, the Black rule and the Nanson rule, perform better than the other rules, especially in elections with few voters. The Bucklin rule, the plurality rule, and the anti-plurality rule tend to perform worse than the other eleven rules, especially when the number of voters gets large.

Keywords: spatial model of voting, the Black rule, the Nanson rule

JEL Classification: C4, D72

Suggested Citation

Plassmann, Florenz and Tideman, T. Nicolaus, The Black Rule is Best! (March 19, 2012). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2026155 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2026155

Florenz Plassmann (Contact Author)

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T. Nicolaus Tideman

Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University - Department of Economics ( email )

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Blacksburg, VA 24061
United States

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