Vote-Buying during Partisan Campaigns: Evidence from a Panel Survey List Experiment in Mexico
Department:Joint Degree Program
Audience:Restricted to Princeton University
Is vote-buying effective? Once voters receive payoffs, how likely are they to vote for their patron? The recent wave of research on the subject in political science, much of it theoretical, has not produced an answer to this simple question. Using a panel survey fielded during Mexico’s 2012 general election campaigns and a “list experiment” that is uniquely suited to measuring the incidence of vote-selling, we compare the influence of vote-selling and the legitimate campaigns on voters’ choices at the polls. The findings have implications for voting behavior and the integrity of democratic elections.