Abstention, ideology and information acquisition

Santiago Oliveros*

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Abstract

We consider an election in which each voter can collect information of different precision. Voters have asymmetric information and preferences that vary both in terms of ideology and intensity. In contrast to all other models of voting with endogenous information, in equilibrium voters collect information of different qualities. We show that information and abstention are not necessarily negatively correlated: some voters are more likely to abstain the more informed they are. We also discuss the manner in which incentives to acquire information are non-monotonic in terms of both ideology and the level of intensity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)871-902
Number of pages32
JournalJournal of Economic Theory
Volume148
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2013

Structured keywords

  • ECON Microeconomic Theory
  • Political Economy
  • Information Economics
  • Voting

Keywords

  • Abstention
  • Heterogeneity
  • Information acquisition

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