nep-neu New Economics Papers
on Neuroeconomics
Issue of 2014‒10‒13
two papers chosen by

  1. Cognitive Constructs and the Intent to Remit: Are Norms the Key to Explaining Remitting Behaviour of Kosovar Migrants in Germany By Meyer, Wiebke; Mollers, Judith
  2. Cognitive Diversity, Binary Decisions, and Epistemic Democracy By John A Weymark

  1. By: Meyer, Wiebke; Mollers, Judith
    Keywords: Institutional and Behavioral Economics, Research Methods/ Statistical Methods,
    Date: 2013–12
  2. By: John A Weymark (Vanderbilt University)
    Abstract: In Democratic Reason, Hélène Landemore has built a case for the epistemic virtues of inclusive deliberative democracy based on the cognitive diversity of the group engaged in making collective decisions. She supports her thesis by appealing to the Diversity Trumps Ability Theorem of Lu Hong and Scott Page. In practice, deliberative assemblies often restrict attention to situations with only two options. In this paper, it is shown that it is not possible to satisfy the assumptions of the Diversity Trumps Ability Theorem when decisions are binary. The relevance of this theorem for democratic decision-making in non-binary situations is also considered.
    Keywords: epistemic democracy, Diversity Trumps Ability Theorem
    JEL: D7 Y8

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