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Vote-Buying and Reciprocity

  • Finan, Frederico S.


    (University of California, Berkeley)

  • Schechter, Laura

    (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

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.

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Length: 23 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2011
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