The information simplicity of scoring rules

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Working paper
Matias Núñez and Giacomo Valletta
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Maastricht University
Voters assign a score to each of the many available alternatives. We study the normative properties of procedures that aggregate the scores collected in the ballot box. A vast class of aggregation procedures, including procedures based on the pairwise comparison of alternatives, satisfy May's famous conditions in our framework. We prove that, within such a plethora of procedures, scoring rules are singled out by a property related to their informational simplicity: in order to determine the winner, they do not take into account the specific distribution of scores chosen by each voter. The result is shown to hold regardless of the introduction of asymmetry among the alternatives.
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