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Clémence Tricaud (CREST-Polytechnique) – “Expressive voting and its cost: Evidence from runoffs with two or three candidates”, joint with Vincent Pons (Harvard Business School)

February 27, 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm

The Microeconometrics Seminar: Every Tuesday at 12:15 pm.

Time: 12:15 pm – 1:15 pm
Date: 27th of February 2018
Place: Room 3001.

Clémence Tricaud (CREST-Polytechnique) – “Expressive voting and its cost: Evidence from runoffs with two or three candidates”​, joint with Vincent Pons (Harvard Business School)

Abstract: In French parliamentary and local elections, candidates ranked first and second in the first round automatically qualify for the second round, while a third candidate qualifies only when selected by more than 12.5 percent of registered citizens. Using a fuzzy RDD around this threshold, we find that the third candidate’s presence substantially increases the share of registered citizens who vote for any candidate and reduces the vote share of the top two candidates. It disproportionately harms the candidate ideologically closest to the third and causes his defeat in one fifth of the races. These results suggest that a large fraction of voters value voting expressively over voting strategically for the top-two candidate they dislike the least to ensure her victory; and that absent a party-level agreement leading to their dropping out, many third candidates value the benefits associated with competing in the second round more than influencing its outcome.

Organizers:
Laurent Davezies (CREST – ENSAE),  Arne Uhlendorff (CREST – ENSAE) & Yannick Guyonvarch (CREST – ENSAE)

Sponsors:
CREST

Lunch registration:
food provided, no registration

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Date:
February 27
Time:
12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
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