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Title:Vote-buying and reciprocity PDF Logo
Authors:Finan, Frederico S.
Schechter, Laura
Issue Date:2011
Series/Report no.:Discussion paper series // Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit 5965
Abstract:While vote-buying is common, little is known about how politicians determine who to target. We argue that vote-buying can be sustained by an internalized norm of reciprocity. Receiving money engenders feelings of obligation. Combining survey data on vote-buying with an experiment-based measure of reciprocity, we show that politicians target reciprocal individuals. Overall, our findings highlight the importance of social preferences in determining political behavior.
Subjects:vote-buying
reciprocity
redistributive politics
voting
social preferences
JEL:H0
Persistent Identifier of the first edition:urn:nbn:de:101:1-201110053391
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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