Fairness and Voting

18 Pages Posted: 11 Nov 2004

Date Written: November 2004


In this paper we present a two-period model in which we examine how concerns about fairness might affect voter behavior. We show that politicians choose the median voter's position in the first period even if this does not correspond to their bliss points and neither they nor voters can commit to a particular action. Moreover, inequity aversion creates substantial incumbency advantages. Our results hold even if voters care very little about fairness.

Keywords: Fairness, Inequity Aversion, Voting, Median Voter Theorem, Politicians

JEL Classification: D72

Suggested Citation

Hahn, Volker, Fairness and Voting (November 2004). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=616609 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.616609

Volker Hahn (Contact Author)

University of Konstanz ( email )

Box 143
Konstanz, 78457

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