Minority Positions in the German Council of Economic Experts: A Political Economic Analysis

22 Pages Posted: 1 May 2013

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Niklas Potrafke

CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute) - Ifo Institute

Date Written: April 30, 2013

Abstract

I investigate minority votes in the German Council of Economic Experts. The dataset contains information on the voting behavior of the council members over the period 1971-2011. The results show that the best predictor of minority voting is being nominated by the trade unions: a council member nominated by the trade unions is about 70 percentage points more likely to vote against the majority opinion of the German Council of Economic Experts. This voting pattern indicates that the channel of political appointment influences voting behavior.

Keywords: decision making in committees, minority voting, policy preferences, German Council of Economic Experts

JEL Classification: D720

Suggested Citation

Potrafke, Niklas, Minority Positions in the German Council of Economic Experts: A Political Economic Analysis (April 30, 2013). CESifo Working Paper Series No. 4206. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2258377

Niklas Potrafke (Contact Author)

CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute) - Ifo Institute ( email )

Poschinger Str. 5
Munich, 01069
Germany

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