Dmitry A. Shapiro
Belk College of Business
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
9201 University City Boulevard
Charlotte, NC 28223-0001
NBER Working Papers and Publications
|September 2011||An Experimental Study of Alternative Campaign Finance Systems: Donations, Elections and Policy Choices|
with Hanming Fang, Arthur Zillante: w17384
We experimentally study the effect of alternative campaign finance systems - as characterized by different information structure about donors - on donations, election outcomes, political candidates' policy choices, and welfare. Three alternative campaign finance systems are considered: a full anonymity (FA) system in which neither the politicians nor the voters are informed about the donors' ideal policies or levels of donations; a partial anonymity (PA) system in which only the politicians, but not the voters, are informed about the donors' ideal policies and donations; and finally a no anonymity (NA) system in which both the politicians and the voters are informed about the donors' ideal policies and donations.
We find that donors contribute less in the FA system than in the PA and NA ...