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Laurent BOUTON
Laurent BOUTON
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Main Field: Political Economics and Collective Decisions
Second Field: Experimental and Behavioral Economics

Laurent Bouton holds a Ph.D. in Economics (Universite libre de Bruxelles, ECARES, 2009). His main research interest is political economy. He is a Faculty Research Fellow of the NBER, and a Research Affiliate of the CEPR. 

His main research interests are political economy and voting theory. The main objective of his research is to advance our comprehension of political institutions around the world through a better understanding of collective decision-making. One of his main motivations is to produce relevant and practical policy recommendations. He is especially interested in political situations with more than two alternatives (or candidates). While he started as an applied theorist, he has recently broadened his scope by also pursuing empirical work based both on laboratory experiments and observational data.



Selected Works:

Divided Majority and Information Aggregation: Theory and Experiment (with Micael Castanheira, and Aniol Llorente-Saguer), Journal of Public Economics, forthcoming

Multicandidate Elections: Aggregate Uncertainty in the Laboratory (with Micael Castanheira, and Aniol Llorente-Saguer), Games and Economic Behavior, Ledyard special issue, forthcoming

Majority Runoff Elections: Strategic Voting and Duverger's Hypothesis (with Gabriele Gratton), Theoretical Economics, 10(2), 2015, pp. 283-314

A Theory of Strategic Voting in Runoff Elections, American Economic Review, 103(4), 2013, pp. 1248-1288

One Person, Many Votes: Divided Majority and Information Aggregation (with Micael Castanheira), Econometrica, 80(1), 2012, pp. 43-87


Current Affiliations:

Universite libre de Bruxelles (ECARES), Georgetown University, NBER, and CEPR

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