Title

Absenteeism, Substitutes, Complements, and the Banzhaf Index

Authors

Thomas Quint

Document Type

Discussion Paper

Publication Date

12-1-2003

CFDP Number

1448

CFDP Pages

16

Abstract

We consider the voting-with-absenteeism game of Quint-Shubik (2003). In that paper we defined a power index for such games, called the absentee index. Our analysis was based on the theory of the Shapley-Shubik power index (SSPI) for simple games. In this paper we do an analogous analysis, based on the Banzhaf index instead of the SSPI. The result is a new index, called the absentee Banzhaf index. We provide an axiomatization and multilinear extension formula for this index. Finally, we re-explore Myerson’s (1977, 1980) “balanced contributions” property, and the concept of substitutes and complements for simple games (Quint-Shubik 2003), again basing our analysis on the Banzhaf index instead of the SSPI.

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