Sequential voting with externalities: herding in social networks

@inproceedings{Alon2012SequentialVW,
  title={Sequential voting with externalities: herding in social networks},
  author={Noga Alon and Moshe Babaioff and Ron Karidi and Ron Lavi and Moshe Tennenholtz},
  booktitle={EC},
  year={2012}
}
We study sequential voting with two alternatives, in a setting with utility externalities: as usual, each voter has a private preference over the candidates and likes her favorite candidate to win, but additionally, a voter values voting for the chosen winner (which is determined by the majority or super-majority of votes). This model aims to capture voting behavior ("likes") in social networks which are publicly observed and sequential, and in which people care about their "public image" as… CONTINUE READING
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