Dr. Aki Lehtinen

Thesis title
The welfare consequences of strategic voting

prof. Uskali Mäki and prof. Jack Vromen

Project description
I investigate social choice theory and the theory of strategic voting from a methodological and philosophical point of view. The main finding from the strategic voting model can be put briefly as follows: strategic voting can be expected to lead to better results than sincere voting in majority rule under reasonable assumptions. The methodological importance of this result is clear, but the philosophical and methodological basis of the model that produce this result are not widely accepted among philosophers and economists working in social choice theory. I therefore need to argue for this philosophical basis. Doing so requires a philosophical investigation of utility theory.


Research interests: Rational choice theory; Philosophical foundations of game theory; Economics-inspired research in political science; Voting theory and normative issues in economics; The role of simulation in economics.

PhD obtained
October 10, 2007

E-mail: aki.lehtinen@remove-this.helsinki.fi

Homepage: http://www.helsinki.fi/kaytannollinenfilosofia/henkilosto/Lehtinen.htm

About EIPE

Although researchers with a serious interest in economic methodology are scattered around the world, there is only one Ph.D. program in the field, at Erasmus Institute for Philosophy and Economics at Erasmus University in Rotterdam. Not surprisingly, this institute has attracted an outstanding faculty; and it regularly hosts as visitors all the leading figures in the field. It is a very special place which I regularly recommend to students interested in graduate studies in economic methodology.
Daniel Hausman
Herbert A. Simon and Hilldale Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of Wisconsin-Madison