Considering Collective Choice

The Route 328 Problem in Kodaira City

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Abstract

A local referendum was held in Kodaira City, Tokyo on 26 May 2013, but the voting box remained sealed. This was because the voter turnout did not reach the 50% threshold for opening the box. Based on the Rousseauian view on voting, we argue that this hurdle is unjustifiable and further question the adequacy of the local referendum even without such a hurdle. Finally, we examine the use of economic mechanisms for this type of collective choice instead of voting.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJapanese Economic Review
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Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2016

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