Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Barcelona GSE, New Economic School
Edif. Mercè Rodoreda 23.105 (IPEG)
C/ Ramon Trias Fargas, 25-27
08005 Barcelona, Spain
NBER Working Papers and Publications
|May 2014||Electoral Rules and the Quality of Politicians: Theory and Evidence from a Field Experiment in Afghanistan|
with Andrew Beath, Fotini Christia, Georgy Egorov: w20082
We examine the effect of electoral rules on the quality of elected officials using a unique field experiment which induced randomized variation in the method of council elections in 250 villages in Afghanistan. In particular, we compare at-large elections, with a single multi-member district, to district elections, with multiple single member districts. We propose a theoretical model where the difference in the quality of elected officials between the two electoral systems occurs because elected legislators have to bargain over policy, which induces citizens in district elections to vote strategically for candidates with more polarized policy positions even at the expense of candidates' competence. Consistent with the predictions of the model, we find that elected officials in at-large ele...
|May 2011||Cross-border media and nationalism: Evidence from Serbian radio in Croatia|
with Stefano DellaVigna, Vera Mironova, Maria Petrova, Ekaterina Zhuravskaya: w16989
How do nationalistic media affect animosity between ethnic groups? We consider one of Europe's deadliest conflicts since WWII: the Serbo-Croatian conflict. We show that, after a decade of peace, cross-border nationalistic Serbian radio triggers ethnic hatred towards Serbs in Croatia. Mostly attracted by non-political content, many Croats listen to Serbian public radio (intended for Serbs in Serbia) whenever signal is available. As a result, the vote for extreme nationalist parties is higher, and ethnically offensive graffiti are more common, in Croatian villages with Serbian radio reception. A laboratory experiment confirms that Serbian radio exposure causes anti-Serbian sentiment among Croats.
Published: Stefano Della Vigna & Ruben Enikolopov & Vera Mironova & Maria Petrova & Ekaterina Zhuravskaya, 2014. "Cross-Border Media and Nationalism: Evidence from Serbian Radio in Croatia," American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, American Economic Association, vol. 6(3), pages 103-32, July. citation courtesy of