A Mixed‑Utility Theory of Vote Choice Regret

18 Pages Posted: 29 Aug 2018

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Damien Bol

King's College London - Department of Political Economy

André Blais

University of Montreal - Department of Political Science

Jean Francois Laslier

Paris School of Economics (PSE)

Date Written: June 16, 2018

Abstract

The paper builds upon an original pre- and post-election survey that we conducted before and after the 2015 Canadian election. Directly after Election Day, we asked Canadians for which party they voted, and whether they regret their choice. We find that 39% of them are not perfectly happy with their decision, and 4% even say that they made a bad decision. We show that the propensity to regret can be explained by a mixed-utility theory, whereby voters attempt to maximize a mixture of instrumental and expressive utilities. Our study contributes to the literatures on voting behaviour and political economy, which usually considers that voters are either instrumental or expressive, but not both at the same time.

Keywords: Voting Behaviour, Expressive Voting, Vote Choice Regret

Suggested Citation

Bol, Damien and Blais, André and Laslier, Jean Francois, A Mixed‑Utility Theory of Vote Choice Regret (June 16, 2018). Public Choice, Vol. 176, 2018. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3235565

Damien Bol

King's College London - Department of Political Economy ( email )

Strand Campus
London, WC2R 2LS
United Kingdom

André Blais (Contact Author)

University of Montreal - Department of Political Science ( email )

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Montréal, Québec H3T 1N8
Canada
514-343-7349 (Phone)

Jean Francois Laslier

Paris School of Economics (PSE) ( email )

48 Boulevard Jourdan
Paris, 75014 75014
France

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