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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.


Brief 70: How politicizing an epidemic can shape public attitudes on immigration: Evidence from Ebola in the US

To understand the extent to which public health crises and their surrounding political rhetoric affect attitudes towards immigration, the authors conducted an online survey experiment among a national sample of 3,881 US residents between November and December 2014. The experiment was run through Qualtrics with respondents recruited by Survey Sampling International. Because of the Ebola cases and anti-immigrant sentiment reported in and around Dallas, Texas, about 40 percent of the sample was recruited from Texas.


Brief 69: Electoral Administration in Kenya

The authors worked with Kenya’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to develop interventions that might increase voter registration, particularly in communities that are poor, sparsely populated, and far from election offices. The study was conducted in seven of Kenya's 47 counties. Of the 3,828 polling stations within these counties, 1,674 were selected for inclusion in the study using a sampling strategy that blocked on a polling station area's level of poverty, population density and distance from the election offices.


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.

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.


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.