Minority Positions in the German Council of Economic Experts: A Political Economic Analysis
22 Pages Posted: 1 May 2013
Date Written: April 30, 2013
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
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