Vote-Buying and Reciprocity

@article{Finan2011VoteBuyingAR,
  title={Vote-Buying and Reciprocity},
  author={Frederico Shimizu Finan and Laura Schechter},
  journal={IZA Institute of Labor Economics Discussion Paper Series},
  year={2011}
}
  • F. Finan, L. Schechter
  • Published 1 September 2011
  • Business
  • IZA Institute of Labor Economics Discussion Paper Series
While vote-buying is common, little is known about how politicians determine who to target. We argue that vote-buying can be sustained by an internalized norm of reciprocity. Receiving money engenders feelings of obligation. Combining survey data on vote-buying with an experiment-based measure of reciprocity, we show that politicians target reciprocal individuals. Overall, our findings highlight the importance of social preferences in determining political behavior. 
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