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Could vote buying be socially desirable?: Exploratory analyses of a ‘failed’ list experiment
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Peace and Conflict Research.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1595-2269
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Peace and Conflict Research.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Peace and Conflict Research.
2023 (English)In: Quality and quantity, ISSN 0033-5177, E-ISSN 1573-7845Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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List experiments encourage survey respondents to report sensitive opinions they may prefer not to reveal. But, studies sometimes find that respondents admit more readily to sensitive opinions when asked directly. Often this over-reporting is viewed as a design failure, attributable to inattentiveness or other nonstrategic error. This paper conducts an exploratory analysis of such a ‘failed’ list experiment measuring vote buying in the 2019 Nigerian presidential election. We take this opportunity to explore our assumptions about vote buying. Although vote buying is illegal and stigmatized in many countries, a significant literature links such exchanges to patron-client networks that are imbued with trust, reciprocity and long-standing benefits, which might create incentives for individuals to claim having been offered to participate in vote buying. Submitting our data to a series of tests of design, we find that over-reporting is strategic: respondents intentionally reveal vote buying and it’s likely that those who reveal vote buying have in fact being offered to participate in vote buying. Considering reasons for over-reporting such as social desirability and network benefits, and the strategic nature of over-reporting, we suggest that “design failure" is not the only possible conclusion from unexpected list experiment results. With this paper we show that our theoretical assumptions about sensitivity bias affect the conclusions we can draw from a list experiment.

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Springer, 2023.
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Measurement, list experiment, Social desirability bias, vote buying
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Human Aspects of ICT
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Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-518382DOI: 10.1007/s11135-023-01740-6OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-518382DiVA, id: diva2:1820735
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Swedish Research Council, VR 2016-05833Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, RJ M21-0002Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, KAW 2017.0141Available from: 2023-12-18 Created: 2023-12-18 Last updated: 2024-01-26Bibliographically approved

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