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EUI Interdisciplinary Experimental Working Group (ECO/SPS)

Dates:
  • Wed 24 Jun 2020 11.00 - 12.30
  Add to Calendar 2020-06-24 11:00 2020-06-24 12:30 Europe/Paris EUI Interdisciplinary Experimental Working Group (ECO/SPS)

Biometric Identification Machine Failure and Electoral Fraud

Miriam Golden I Department of Political and Social Sciences

Abstract:

Results from a randomized field experiment are used to investigate the operation of newly-introduced biometric identification machines and their possible connection to election fraud in Ghana's 2012 general elections. Evidence uncovers a non-random pattern to frequent equipment breakdowns. Machines were 50 percent less likely to break down in polling stations with a randomly assigned domestic election observer as in those without. We also find that machine breakdown occurred more often in competitive constituencies. Although machine breakdown is not randomized, we study its casual consequences.

Machine malfunction is associated with more election fraud, especially where election observers are not present. Overall, our results suggest that partisan competition may promote election fraud via the opportunity presented by the unexpected breakdown in the equipment used to verify voters' identities. They document that domestic election observers improve election integrity through direct observation and also via second-order effects on election administration, including voter identification procedures. 

*Authors: Miriam Golden, George Ofosu and Luke Sonnet

What drives pro social outcomes? A field experiment on registrations as organ donors

Giulia Caprini I Department of Economics

Abstract:

I experimentally study the cognitive and non-cognitive factors underlying registrations to posthumously donate organs. I test whether the decision to register is shaped by other-regarding considerations (altruism) and/or self-regarding ones (reputation and safety concerns). I additionally measure the responsiveness to testimonies by neutral, trustworthy, and competent moral characters

ZOOM link will be sent after registration.

Registration deadline: 23 June 2020

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Biometric Identification Machine Failure and Electoral Fraud

Miriam Golden I Department of Political and Social Sciences

Abstract:

Results from a randomized field experiment are used to investigate the operation of newly-introduced biometric identification machines and their possible connection to election fraud in Ghana's 2012 general elections. Evidence uncovers a non-random pattern to frequent equipment breakdowns. Machines were 50 percent less likely to break down in polling stations with a randomly assigned domestic election observer as in those without. We also find that machine breakdown occurred more often in competitive constituencies. Although machine breakdown is not randomized, we study its casual consequences.

Machine malfunction is associated with more election fraud, especially where election observers are not present. Overall, our results suggest that partisan competition may promote election fraud via the opportunity presented by the unexpected breakdown in the equipment used to verify voters' identities. They document that domestic election observers improve election integrity through direct observation and also via second-order effects on election administration, including voter identification procedures. 

*Authors: Miriam Golden, George Ofosu and Luke Sonnet

What drives pro social outcomes? A field experiment on registrations as organ donors

Giulia Caprini I Department of Economics

Abstract:

I experimentally study the cognitive and non-cognitive factors underlying registrations to posthumously donate organs. I test whether the decision to register is shaped by other-regarding considerations (altruism) and/or self-regarding ones (reputation and safety concerns). I additionally measure the responsiveness to testimonies by neutral, trustworthy, and competent moral characters

ZOOM link will be sent after registration.

Registration deadline: 23 June 2020


Location:
Outside EUI premises -

Affiliation:
Department of Economics
Department of Political and Social Sciences

Type:
Working group

Contact:
Claudia Fanti - Send a mail

Organiser:
Prof. Klarita Gërxhani (EUI - Department of Political and Social Sciences)
Prof. Michèle Belot ((EUI - Department of Economics))

Speaker:
Prof. Miriam Golden (EUI - Department of Political and Social Sciences)
Giulia Caprini (EUI - Department of Economics)
 

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