Great Expectations : Ethnicity , Performance , and Ugandan Voters ∗

@inproceedings{Carlson2010GreatE,
  title={Great Expectations : Ethnicity , Performance , and Ugandan Voters ∗},
  author={Elizabeth Carlson},
  year={2010}
}
When voters vote ethnically, as they do in many African countries, what is the reason? Do voters prefer coethnics because of ethnic pride? Or is ethnicity as a proxy for performance? I use a voting simulation experiment in Uganda to investigate the underlying rationale for ethnic voting. I find evidence that voters anticipate more future goods from a coethnic presidential candidate. Most strikingly, I find that coethnicity matters to voters only when the candidate has a record of prior goods… CONTINUE READING

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