Benny Moldovanu How Can Parliaments Optimally Organize Voting Procedures?

Benny Moldovanu is Professor of Economics at the University of Bonn. Previously Professor of Economics at the University of Mannheim, Moldovanu has also held visiting professorships at Yale and UCL. His main research interests include auctions and mechanism design and microeconomic theory. Having been associate editor of the Journal of Economic Theory and Econometrica, Moldovanu has been a recipient of the German Economic Association’s Gossen Prize (2004) and the Max Planck Research Award (2001).

Area of Research

Microeconomics; game theory and information economics, auctions, Mechanism Design, contests and matching, voting

since 2002

Full Professor of Economics

University of Bonn (Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn) (more details)

Hausdorff Center for Mathematics


Visiting Professor of Economics

Tel Aviv University

& The Hebrew University of Jerusalem


Visiting Professor of Economics

Northwestern University, Illinois


Visiting Professor of Economics

University College London


Visiting Professor of Economics

Yale University


ENTER Research Professor

University College London


Full Professor of Economics

University of Mannheim (Universität Mannheim)


Visiting Research Professor

Northwestern University, Illinois


Visiting Assistant Professor

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor


Assistant Professor of Economics

University of Bonn (Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn) (more details)


Visiting Lecturer

Tel Aviv University



University of Bonn (Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn) (more details)


Ph.D. Economics (summa cum laude)

University of Bonn (Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn) (more details)


M.Sc. Mathematics (with distinction)

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem


B.Sc. Mathematics (with distinction)

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

- Associate Editor, Econometrica (2002 - 2008)

- Associate Editor, Journal of the European Economic Association (2003 - 2005)

- Associate Editor, Journal of Economic Theory (2001 - 2007)

- Associate Editor, Games and Economic Behavior (2002 - 2006)

- Director, Reinhard Selten Institute for Research in Economics (2017 - present)

- Co-Director of the Hausdorff Center for Mathematics (German Science Foundation Excellence-Initiative) (2006 - 2013, 2018 - present)

- Academic Director/ Speaker of the Bonn Graduate School of Economics (2014 - present)

- Director, Institute for Microeconomics, Department of Economics (2012 - present)

- Council Member, European Economic Association (2010 - 2015)

- Council Member, Game Theory Society (2008 - 2013)

- Co-Director of the Bonn Graduate School of Economics (German Science Foundation Excellence-Initiative) (2006 - 2013)

- Member of the Fellows Nominating Committee, Econometric Society (2006)


- Von Thünen Lecture, Verein für Socialpolitik, Freiburg (2018)

- Gossen Prize of the German Economic Association (2004)

- Max Planck Research Prize (2001)

- W.A. Jörn Prize for Best Dissertation, Bonn (1991)


- Fellow of Game Theory Society (elected 2017)

- Research Fellow, CEPR (1999 - present)

- Fellow of the European Economic Association (2009)

- Fellow of the Econometric Society (elected 2004)

- Landau Fellow, Jerusalem (1991)

- Research Grant, SFB Transregio, German Science Foundation (2004 - present)

- Advanced Investigators Grant, European Research Council (2010 - 2016)

- Research Grant, SFB 504, German Science Foundation (1996 - 2002)

- Research Grant, SFB 303, German Science Foundation (1989 - 1995)

© University of Bonn

University of Bonn (Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn)

Bonn is one of the large universities in Germany, with around 36,000 students, 550 professors, 6,500 other staff staff. It offers a wide disciplinary spectrum comprising some 200 different degree programmes, from Agricultural Science to Tibetan Studies. This diversity is what characterizes Bonn as a full-range university with a strong international orientation. In many international university rankings Bonn is placed among the 100 best universities in the world.Its academic and research profile features internationally renowned specializations in the fields of Mathematics, Physics/Astronomy, Economics, Chemistry, Pharma Research, Biosciences, Genetic Medicine, Neurosciences and Philosophy/Ethics. Other disciplines, such as Geography and Law, are of outstanding importance within the German research scene.

The Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn is rooted in a long tradition going back almost 200 years. It was founded in 1818 by Friedrich-Wilhelm III, the Prussian king whose name it bears. Imbued with the spirit of Wilhelm von Humboldt, the university quickly joined the circle of Germany's most distinguished universities and became a major pole of attraction for leading scholars as well as students.The list of famous professors ranges from the astronomer Friedrich Wilhelm Argelander (1799-1875), through the chemist August Kekulé von Stradonitz (1829–1896) and political economist Josef Schumpeter (1883–1950) to the philologist Ernst Robert Curtius (1886–1956) and the theologists Karl Barth (1886–1968) and Joseph Ratzinger (born 1927), now Pope Benedict XVI. Bonn's best-known students include Heinrich Heine, Karl Marx, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Konrad Adenauer.

The university is proud of a long list of award-winning scientists and scholars, with about twenty Leibniz Prize winners and around thirty ERC grantees. In the last three decades two professors have received the Nobel Prize: Wolfgang Paul (for Physics, 1989) and Reinhard Selten (for Economics, 1994). (Source: University of Bonn)


Hausdorff Center for Mathematics

The theme of the Hausdorff Center is mathematics, of which we share a broad and dynamic vision. At its center stands the classical core: the mathematics of famous and fruitful conjectures, the mathematics that is in symbiosis with theoretical physics, and which continually reveals to us deep and unexpected connections. Beyond this core, mathematics drives, and is driven by, the successful trend towards quantitative modeling in the natural and social sciences. The steadily improving performance of computers opens new perspectives for model simulations and the direct transfer of mathematics into technological applications. (Source)


Parliaments and parliamentary committees can resolve binary decisions by simple majority voting. In this video, BENNY MOLDOVANU considers the impact of voting procedures on more complex decisions, analyzing factors including the order and sequencing of votes. Modeling the games that specific voting procedures induce, the work also compares the theoretical outcomes to what actually happens in parliamentary practice. Identifying procedures that enable parliamentarians to vote sincerely, the research is highly relevant to existing legislative bodies as well as to those in new democracies.

LT Video Publication DOI:

Content-Based Agendas and Qualified Majorities in Sequential Voting

  • Andreas Kleiner and Benny Moldovanu
  • American Economic Review
  • Published in 2017
Andreas Kleiner and Benny Moldovanu. "Content-Based Agendas and Qualified Majorities in Sequential Voting." American Economic Review 107 (2017): 1477–1506. doi:DOI: 10.1257/aer.20160277.