A Mixed-utility Theory of Vote Choice Regret (with André Blais and Jean-François Laslier).

  1. Summary: We depart from a surprising survey result: an non-negligible proportion of voters declares regretting their vote choice even in the week that directly follow the election. We show that this can be rationalized when we consider that voters are maximizing a mixed-utility, composed of both instrumental and expressive benefits. We validate our theory using pre- and post-election panel survey data from Canada, and show that it explains a substantial part of vote choice regret.

Does Inequality Harm Democracy? The Inclusion and Representation of the Poor in Europe (with Marco Giani).

  1. Summary: We use Coarsened Exact Matching to evaluate whether (1) the poor vote less than the rich, and (2) whether abstainers would vote differently than the rest of the population if they turned out. We rely on European survey data from 30 elections and 15  countries between 1998 and 2014 (N ≈ 55,000). We show that there is a severe problem of inclusion of the poor in the electoral process in all elections, but that it only affects the representation of the electoral outcome in some of them, and not always in the expected direction.

The Responsiveness of Legislators to Non-partisan Constituents: A Field Experiment (with Thomas Gschwend, Thomas Zittel, and Steffen Zittlau).

  1. Summary: We report on a field experiment for which we sent an information request to German legislators on behalf of a constituent who mentions that he did not for them at last election. We find that legislators randomly treated with a demand for personal representation were more responsive to the non-partisan constituent than those who receive an demand for party representation, and that this treatment effect is larger among legislators elected in a nominal district. We thus show that the nature of the constituency demand has an effect on legislators' responsiveness.