Monthly Archives: March 2015

Assessing the Mechanical and Psychological Effects of District Magnitude

By Romain Lachat (Universitat Pompeu Fabra) What is the story? Under proportional representation (PR), the number of representatives elected may be very different from districts to districts. Portugal, for example, has very small districts where only 2 representatives are elected, and others that are much larger, such as Lisbon where 48 representatives are elected (for […]

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Voting Correctly in Lab Elections with Monetary Incentives: The Impact of District Magnitude

By André Blais (University of Montreal) What is the story? In a recent article, we examined how electoral rules influence correct voting in lab elections. We defined a correct vote as a vote that maximizes a subject’s payoff. We found that correct voting is more frequent under plurality than under proportional representation (PR). The lab […]

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