Decision Theory, Economics, Political Science

Yes, Virginia, it can be rational to vote!

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Yes, Virginia, it can be rational to vote! Posted by Andrew on 19 December 2017, 5:48 pm Carl Shulman correctly thought I’d be interested in this news item, “A single vote leads to a rare tie for control of the Virginia legislature”: A Republican seat flipped Democratic in a wild recount Tuesday – with the Democrat winning by a single vote – creating a rare 50-50 tie between the parties in the House of Delegates and refashioning the political landscape in Richmond. Democrat Shelly Simonds emerged from the recount as the apparent winner in the 94th District of the House of Delegates, seizing the seat from Republican incumbent David Yancey. . . . The final tally: 11,608 for Simonds to 11,607 for Yancey. As Edlin, Kaplan, and I wrote, it can be rational to vote, as long as you’re doing so…
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