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Paper Abstract

325. Eric Rasmusen, Should Candidates Flip a Coin if the Difference in Their Votes is Small?, 05/2001.

Abstract: A coin flip can be a good way to settle an election if the margin of victory is small and it is known that there is a good chance of fraud by one candidate. In that case, however, an even better rule is to award victory to the apparent loser.

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