Cost-Benefit Analysis

Anthony Downs (1957) has argued that voter are very rational, and they need to maximize the utility of the act of voting. He formulized this idea as following:

People vote if: (P*B) – C > 0

P: Probability of getting benefit

B: Benefit

C: Cost

This formulization is important for our project, for the reason that it helps explaining why voters tend to vote by the model of rational choice when it is in the context of online voting.

  • Downs, A. (1957). An economic theory of democracy. New York: Harper.
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