I am an Associate Professor in the University of Michigan's Department of Political Science. My research interests focus primarily on political parties and party systems in developing democracies and their role in policymaking. My regional specialty is Southeast Asia where I have worked in Thailand, the Philippines, and Cambodia.
"Measuring Vote-Selling: Field Evidence from the Philippines." Forthcoming in AER Papers and Proceedings May 2015 (with Stephen Leider, Nico Ravanilla, and Dean Yang).
Abstract. Using data from an anti-vote-buying field experiment we conducted in the Philippines, we report and validate a proxy measure for vote-selling. We demonstrate that our proxy measure, vote-switching, changes as expected with voter preferences and monetary offers from candidates. Voters are less likely to vote for someone different than their initial preference the larger the favorability rating difference between the preferred and alternative candidates. Similarly, vote-switching increases the more money the alternative candidate offers compared to the preferred candidates. We also describe the effects of the promise-based interventions on vote-switching, reported in full in a companion paper.
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