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Bargaining in standing committees with an endogenous default

Anesi, Vincent; Seidmann, Daniel J.

Authors

Vincent Anesi vincent.anesi@nottingham.ac.uk



Abstract

Committee voting has mostly been investigated from the perspective of the standard Baron–Ferejohn model of bargaining over the division of a pie, in which bargaining ends as soon as the committee reaches an agreement. In standing committees, however, existing agreements can be amended. This article studies an extension of the Baron–Ferejohn framework to a model with an evolving default that reflects this important feature of policymaking in standing committees: In each of an infinite number of periods, the ongoing default can be amended to a new policy (which is, in turn, the default for the next period). The model provides a number of quite different predictions. (i) From a positive perspective, the key distinction turns on whether the quota is less than unanimity. In that case, patient enough players waste substantial shares of the pie each period and the size principle fails in some pure strategy Markov perfect equilibria. In contrast, the unique Markov perfect equilibrium payoffs in a unanimity committee coincide with those in the corresponding Baron–Ferejohn framework. (ii) If players have heterogeneous discount factors then a large class of subgame perfect equilibria (including all Markov perfect equilibria) are inefficient.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Mar 6, 2015
Journal Review of Economic Studies
Print ISSN 0034-6527
Electronic ISSN 0034-6527
Publisher Oxford University Press (OUP)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 82
Issue 3
APA6 Citation Anesi, V., & Seidmann, D. J. (2015). Bargaining in standing committees with an endogenous default. Review of Economic Studies, 82(3), doi:10.1093/restud/rdv009
DOI https://doi.org/10.1093/restud/rdv009
Keywords legislative bargaining, endogenous default, pork barrel, policy persistence
Publisher URL http://restud.oxfordjournals.org/content/82/3/825.full
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf
Additional Information This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in Review of Economic Studies following peer review. The version of record: Bargaining in standing committees with an endogenous default / Vinvent Anesi and Daniel J. Seidman.
Review of Economic Studies (2015) 82 (3): 825-867 is available online at: http://restud.oxfordjou...g/content/82/3/825.full

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