How influential is ballot design in elections?

Casas, Agustin, Diaz, Guillermo and Mavridis, Christos ORCID logoORCID: (2020) How influential is ballot design in elections? Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties . ISSN 1745-7289 [Article] (Published online first) (doi:10.1080/17457289.2020.1844219)

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We exploit an original dataset from a referendum in Peru to study the influence of voting "arrangements" on electoral outcomes. The relative importance of these arrangements (e.g., ballot design) with respect to the fundamentals (e.g., ideology, candidates' quality) has not been measured. After controlling for a comprehensive set of politicians' characteristics, we estimate unbiased ballot order effects making use of the within party variation in outcomes. We estimate a non-linear probability model and we create counterfactuals to conclude that ballot design not only may have changed the electoral results but also has a greater importance than candidates' ideology, education, experience and party affiliation.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > Business School > Economics
Item ID: 31211
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Depositing User: Christos Mavridis
Date Deposited: 23 Oct 2020 11:29
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2022 18:10

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