Rodrigo Castro Cornejo: Who Receives Electoral Gifts? It Depends on Question Wording. Experimental Evidence from Mexico

Rodrigo Castro CornejoSeptember 21, Monroe 120, 12:30-1:30pm

This study illustrates how variations in question wording cause notably different results when estimating vote buying in a given election. It cautions researchers about the use of filter questions and the phrase “in exchange for your vote” when asking respondents directly if they received any electoral gifts during the campaign: they make respondents less likely to self-report receiving gifts. The findings of this paper also suggest that list experiments tend to underestimate vote buying since they tend to work better among more sophisticated voters (e.g. higher levels of education) who—paradoxically—are the least likely voters to be targeted by clientelistic campaign strategies.
Rodrigo Castro Cornejo is a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Politics. His research interests include survey/experimental methods, public opinion formation, and voting behavior. His main line of research sheds light on the influence of political campaigns on voters’ electoral behavior in new democracies, particularly in Latin America. He studies the role of partisanship as a filter of campaign information as well as misinformation during political campaigns. He participates in collaborative research projects aiming to understanding why voters support corrupt politicians in Latin America, vote-buying campaign strategies, and scientific opinion on climate change.