Buying Access to Influence - TDPE
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Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs
Trade, Development and Political Economy
Ozlem Tonguc, Assistant Professor, Binghamton University
Buying Access to Influence
Authors: Ozlem Tonguc and Erkut Ozbay
Vote buying is deﬁned as the exchange of particularized beneﬁts (money, goods or services) for votes. This practice, although viewed undesirable in many voting environments, is widespread and it is usually carried out by middlemen who are more connected to voters. The authors theoretically and experimentally study the behavioral mechanisms that may sustain vote buying via middlemen in environments with high and low commitment possibilities.
Ozlem Tonguc is Assistant Professor of Economics at Binghamton University. Her research areas are Behavioral Economics, Experimental Economics and Political Economy. She holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Maryland.
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