Voting in the Laboratory

PhD Thesis# 377
Author:
Dr. Jens (J.W.) Gro├čer
Supervisor(s):
Professor Arthur Schram
Date:
2006-05-24

Abstract

The goal of this thesis is to get a better understanding of why and how citizens vote. To do so, we use the methods of experimental economics and game theory. More specific, we study the impact of social embeddedness and polls on voter turnout within the framework of the participation game of Palfrey and Rosenthal (1983). In a more complex setting, we also investigate candidate and voter behavior simultaneously. Most of our experimental results show that participants strongly react to economic incentives, such as benefits, costs, and informational clues. Often these results are in line with what is observed in the field, supporting the external validity of our data.

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