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EGAP 26: Cotonou, June 2019

Cotonou, Benin
General Plenary Meeting
June 13-15, 2019

Host: Leonard Wantchekon, African School of Economics and Princeton University

Thursday, June 13: EGAP Evidence Seminar
                                  4:00 PM to 5:30 PM Golden Tulip Diplomate Cotonou (MADIBA 3 Conference Room), with a reception in the Mezzanine to follow 
Agenda (click on image for larger view)

Brief 30: Electoral Rules in Afghanistan

The sample for the study was composed of 250 villages–each with an average population of roughly 1,000 people–selected from ten districts spanning northern, northeastern, eastern, central, and western Afghanistan (southern areas were excluded due to security concerns). Half of the villages was randomly assigned to hold district elections and the other half to hold at-large elections. Under district elections, the village was split into geographically-defined districts and each villager could only vote for a single candidate residing in the same district.

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Brief 67: The Oversight of Corruption and Inefficiency in Local Public Works in Peru

These 200 districts were randomly assigned to either control or treatment, with half in each category. The districts in the treatment group received a total of four letters over the course of fourteen months. In October 2015, Proética sent the first letters warning that it would be using INFObras to monitor the execution of local public works. Soon after, the Office of the Comptroller General mailed letters of its own to let the mayors know that the anticorruption agency was actively coordinating with Proética on the monitoring of public works.
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Brief 65: Effects of A Campaign Against Vote Buying in Uganda

The authors estimate the effects of an anti-vote buying campaign carried out in the five weeks prior to the election by the Alliance for Election Campaign Finance Monitoring (ACFIM)—a coalition of Ugandan civil society organizations. The anti-vote buying intervention included five elements: (1) a community visit from an NGO, (2) a leaflet drop, (3) a community meeting, (4) targeted robocalls, and (5) publicly displayed posters. The experiment took place in 918 parishes, which included 2,796 surveyed villages.

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Brief 64: The Moderating Effect of Debates in Ghana

The authors conducted their study in three constituencies selected to include communities that were electorally competitive or strongholds for either of the major parties. They videotaped and edited the debates to show 1,991 respondents different portions of the debates on smartphones. The treatment entailed showing respondents different combinations of segments. In one treatment condition (N=391), participants watched only the personal background segment. In another treatment condition (N=409), participants only viewed the policy segment.

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Brief 63: Impact of Negative Messages on Voter Turnout and Donations in the U.S.

This study was implemented during two local elections for county legislature during the 2010 general election in the U.S. Registered voters who had participated in the last 3 party primaries were randomly assigned into three groups—one to receive a positive message about the candidate, one to receive a negative message about the opponent, and one as control (which received no messaging). The messages were delivered by mail, and also provided the individual with the option of donating to the campaign.

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Brief 62: Evaluating Discrimination Against Women Candidates in Malawi

Three different data sources were gathered and analyzed: a citizen survey with an embedded conjoint experiment, biographical information on real candidates in one Malawian district, and focus group discussions with real candidates for local office. The primary component of the research was a survey experiment of 604 citizens from Malawi’s Kasungu district. The survey, fielded in support with a local research firm, asked each respondent to evaluate six different hypothetical candidate profiles, resulting in 3,579 total profiles evaluated.

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Brief 61: The Efficacy of Ethnic Cueing Across Minorities in The United States

The authors recruited an online national sample (N=1,035) of Black and Latino respondents in May 2013. Respondents were then randomly assigned to read one of three version of a news article about charges of ethics violations against U.S. Congressman Charlie Rangel. In the control condition, respondents were given no information about Rangel’s racial background.

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