Deterring or Displacing Electoral Irregularities? Spillover Effects of Observers in a Randomized Field Experiment in Ghana

@article{Ichino2012DeterringOD,
  title={Deterring or Displacing Electoral Irregularities? Spillover Effects of Observers in a Randomized Field Experiment in Ghana},
  author={Nahomi Ichino and Matthias Sch{\"u}ndeln},
  journal={The Journal of Politics},
  year={2012},
  volume={74},
  pages={292 - 307}
}
This article studies the effect of domestic observers deployed to reduce irregularities in voter registration in a new democracy, and in particular, the response of political parties’ agents to these observers. Because political parties operate over large areas and party agents may relocate away from observed registration centers, observers may displace rather than deter irregularities. We design and implement a large-scale two-level randomized field experiment in Ghana in 2008 taking into… Expand
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