volume 25, issue 2, P292-305 2009
DOI: 10.1093/oxrep/grp018
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P. C. Vicente, L. Wantchekon

Abstract: Electoral clientelism and vote buying are widely perceived as major obstacles to economic development. This is because they may limit the provision of public goods. In this paper, we review the literature on clientelism and vote buying and propose the use of field experiments to evaluate empirically the consequences of these phenomena. We provide an overview, discuss implementation, and interpret the main results of recent field experiments conducted by the authors in West African countries. Clientelism and vo…

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