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dc.contributor.authorIchino, Nahomi
dc.contributor.authorSchündeln, Matthias
dc.date.accessioned2012-07-22T23:08:08Z
dash.embargo.terms2013-02-01
dc.date.issued2012
dc.identifier.citationIchino, Nahomi, and Matthias Schündeln. 2012. Deterring or displacing electoral irregularities? Spillover effects of observers in a randomized field experiment in Ghana. Journal of Politics 74(1): 292-307.en_US
dc.identifier.issn0022-3816en_US
dc.identifier.issn1468-2508en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:9282597
dc.description.abstractThis article studies the effect of domestic observers deployed to reduce irregularities in voter registration in a new democracy, and in particular, the response of political parties’ agents to these observers. Because political parties operate over large areas and party agents may relocate away from observed registration centers, observers may displace rather than deter irregularities. We design and implement a large-scale two-level randomized field experiment in Ghana in 2008 taking into account these spillovers and find evidence for substantial irregularities: the registration increase is smaller in constituencies with observers; within these constituencies with observers, the increase is about one-sixth smaller on average in electoral areas with observers than in those without; but some of the deterred registrations appear to be displaced to nearby electoral areas. The finding of positive spillovers has implications for the measurement of electoral irregularities or analysis of data collected by observers.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipGovernmenten_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherCambridge University Pressen_US
dc.relation.isversionofdoi:10.1017/S0022381611001368en_US
dash.licenseLAA
dc.titleDeterring or Displacing Electoral Irregularities? Spillover Effects of Observers in a Randomized Field Experiment in Ghanaen_US
dc.typeJournal Articleen_US
dc.description.versionVersion of Recorden_US
dc.relation.journalJournal of Politicsen_US
dash.depositing.authorIchino, Nahomi
dc.date.available2013-02-01T08:30:39Z
dc.data.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1902.1/17389en_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1017/S0022381611001368*
dash.contributor.affiliatedIchino, Nahomi


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