Buying Voters: the Effect of Financial Incentives on Intentions to Vote
Raymond J. La Raja
University of Massachusetts at Amherst - Department of Political Science
Brian F. Schaffner
University of Massachusetts Amherst - Department of Political Science
APSA 2012 Annual Meeting Paper
This paper explores whether a voting system that rewards voters with a lottery ticket would boost turnout. Using an experimental design with data from the 2011 Cooperative Congressional Elections Study, it demonstrates that lotteries have the potential to boost turnout significantly for under-represented groups. The study also suggests that lottery systems with numerous winners and moderate payoffs would be more successful than systems with very few winners and large payouts.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 18
Keywords: Turnout, Social Incentives, Voting, Prospect Theory, Representation
Date posted: July 16, 2012 ; Last revised: August 30, 2012
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