Vote-Buying and Reciprocity

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Frederico Finan

University of California, Berkeley - Department of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Laura Schechter

University of Wisconsin at Madison - Agricultural and Applied Economics; University of Wisconsin at Madison - Economics

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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.

Keywords: vote-buying, reciprocity, redistributive politics, voting, social preferences

JEL Classification: H0

Suggested Citation

Finan, Frederico and Schechter, Laura, Vote-Buying and Reciprocity. IZA Discussion Paper No. 5965, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1929665

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