|Title||A Survey Experiment on Voter Preferences and Receptiveness to Information in Rural Burkina Faso|
|C1 Background and Explanation of Rationale||
We carry out a survey experiment with voting-age citizens in 118 rural municipalities in Burkina Faso. The objective is to shed light on the effects of different forms of candidate differentiation on voter preferences and voter decidedness in the run-up to the transitional municipal elections in Burkina Faso. Survey respondents are asked about their preference between two imaginary mayoral candidates, who are characterized by eight randomly varied attributes, along which the two candidates may or may not differ. Furthermore, respondents are asked about the extent to which their preference might be altered by additional information about the candidates, and about the types of information that would have the greatest influence over their preference. The research design and experimental variations are described in greater detail in the pre-analysis plan.
|C2 What are the hypotheses to be tested?||
The survey experiment was designed to address two distinct sets of research questions. The first set of questions concerns the relationship between candidate differentiation and voters' receptiveness to information:
The second set of questions focuses on the mechanisms by which local political support is sustained, specifically in the Burkinabe context.
In order to explain the local-level impact of the national-level political transition in Burkina Faso, it is crucial to understand whether voting in local-level elections is partisan or personalistic. We will therefore investigate the following additional questions:
|C3 How will these hypotheses be tested? *||
See pre-analysis plan.
|C4 Country||Burkina Faso|
|C5 Scale (# of Units)||not provided by authors|
|C6 Was a power analysis conducted prior to data collection?||No|
|C7 Has this research received Insitutional Review Board (IRB) or ethics committee approval?||Exemption granted|
|C8 IRB Number||not provided by authors|
|C9 Date of IRB Approval||not provided by authors|
|C10 Will the intervention be implemented by the researcher or a third party?||Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) Burkina Faso|
|C11 Did any of the research team receive remuneration from the implementing agency for taking part in this research?||No|
|C12 If relevant, is there an advance agreement with the implementation group that all results can be published?||Yes|
|C13 JEL Classification(s)||not provided by authors|