Persuading Strategic Voters
32 Pages Posted: 1 Apr 2020
Date Written: January 16, 2020
A Sender wants to persuade multiple Receivers with homogeneous preferences and a common belief about the state of the world to vote in favor of a proposal. Prior to the vote Sender commits to a communication strategy which sends private, potentially correlated, signals to Receivers that are contingent on the true state of the world. While Sender benefits from using private messages rather than public communication if Receivers vote sincerely, under the optimal communication strategy, sincere voting is not in any Receiver’s best interest. If the proposal does not require unanimous agreement, Sender’s optimal communication strategy after which sincere voting indeed constitutes a Bayes-Nash equilibrium is such that no voter is ever pivotal.
Keywords: Bayesian, Persuasion, Strategic Voting, Swing Voter's Curse
JEL Classification: C72, D72, D82, D83
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