- Let me vote:! An experimental study of vote rotation in committees
- Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization
- Volume | Issue number
- 96 | C
- Pages (from-to)
- Document type
- Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB)
- Amsterdam School of Economics Research Institute (ASE-RI)
We conduct an experiment to investigate (i) whether rotation in voting improves a committee's performance, and (ii) the extent to which rotation critically influences collective and individual welfare. The experiment is based on the idea that voters have to trade-off between individual and common interests. Our findings indicate that the choice of rotation scheme has important consequences: it ‘pays’ to be allowed to vote, as voting committee members earn significantly more than non-voting members. Hence, rotation is not neutral. We also find that smaller committees decide faster and reach a deadlock less often. This reduces reported frustration among committee members.
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