A Note on Monitoring Costs and Voter Fraud

Forthcoming in The American Economist

11 Pages Posted: 9 Dec 2013

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Philip E. Graves

University of Colorado at Boulder - Department of Economics

Robert L. Sexton

Pepperdine University - Economics Department

Gary M. Galles

Pepperdine University

Date Written: December 7, 2013

Abstract

Election fraud can threaten democracy if many ineligible people are allowed to vote. The usual policy prescription is to increase monitoring cost. However, this is very costly. This paper proposes a more cost effective strategy: substitute tougher and consistent statutes across states against voter fraud.

Keywords: election fraud, voting, monitoring costs, sanctions, voter fraud

JEL Classification: A1, A2, D7, H8, K4

Suggested Citation

Graves, Philip E. and Sexton, Robert L. and Galles, Gary, A Note on Monitoring Costs and Voter Fraud (December 7, 2013). Forthcoming in The American Economist. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2364841

Philip E. Graves (Contact Author)

University of Colorado at Boulder - Department of Economics ( email )

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Boulder, CO 80309-0256
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Robert L. Sexton

Pepperdine University - Economics Department ( email )

24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263
United States

Gary Galles

Pepperdine University ( email )

24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263
United States
310-456-4250 (Phone)
310-317-7271 (Fax)

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