Working Papers

Placebo Statements in List Experiments
[Conditional acceptance, Political Science Research and Methods]
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What Determines Preferences for an Electoral System? Evidence from a Binding Referendum (with Steven Stillman and Geua Boe-Gibson)
[Conditional acceptance, Public Choice]
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Legal Origins, Religion and Health Outcomes: A Cross-Country Comparison of Organ Donation Laws (with Jean Liu, Boyu Lu Zhao, and Clin Lai)
[Revise & Resubmit, Journal of Institutional Economics]
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Māori in New Zealand: Voting With their Feet?
[Revise & Resubmit, Political Science]
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Strategic Abstention in Proportional Representation Systems (Evidence from Multiple Countries) [submitted]
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Lying Behavior When the Payoffs are Shared with Charity: Experimental Evidence (with Scott Chua and Jessica Chang)
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Publications

(2017) The Effects of District Magnitude on Voting Behavior (with Simon Hix and Rafael Hortala-Vallve), The Journal of Politics.
[pdf] [Abstract] [Supplementary materials] [Replication files]

(2016) Do Citizens Vote for Parties, Policies or the Expected Winner in Proportional Representation Systems?, Party Politics. [pdf] [Abstract]

(2015) Bandwagon or Strategic Voting in Israel? Note on Bargsted Kedar (2009), Electoral Studies. [pdf] [Abstract]
I would like to show my gratitude to Matias Bargsted and Orit Kedar for gently sharing their code with me. Click here to read the original Bargsted Kedar (2009)

Work in Progress

Building Layouts and Social Capital (with Kai Ostwald)
[coming soon!]
This project examines how urban design affects community relations and social capital. Residents in public housing in Singapore (80% of the total population) do not vary in terms of their exposure to socialization mechanisms, but do vary in terms of contact due to variation in the floor plans of buildings. Specifically, one type of public housing building has corridors that facilitate contact between residents, while the other type has corridors that tend to inhibit contact. We compare residents from pairs of building from the two building types, but within the same area. Our questionnaire allows us to capture familiarity with neighbors, as well as important attitudes and behaviors towards intra- and inter-ethnic interaction and social attitudes generally. Preliminary findings suggest that building design has implications not only for social capital but also for attitudes towards the outgroup. This has clear implications for urban design and public policies.

Fair-Weather Friends? Household Social Networks and Disaster Relief Aid (with Cesi Cruz)
This project seeks to understand how social connections affect resource allocation in the context of an emergency. Previous research has shown that after natural disasters, government officials are likely to divert resources to areas where they have larger fractions of supporters, or where they have connections to the local leaders (Aldrich, 2010; Aldrich, 2011; Atkinson et al., 2014; Jablonski, 2014). To the best of our knowledge, however, no research has looked at what happens at the very last step of aid relief distribution|that is, how relief resources are allocated once they reach the village level. The survey datasets we use (one collected by us [N=800], the other by the World Bank [N=1,200]) provide detailed information on social and political connections on the one hand, and relief distribution on the other, in multiple regions in the Philippines that were at some point affected by a typhoon. Preliminary results suggest that, contrary to the dynamics at higher levels, provision of goods at the local level is independent of connections. This suggests that a political economy model that aims to fully capture the value of political connections should account for heterogeneous effects at various levels of political power. The policy implication is clear: decentralization seems to be the optimal choice.

The effect presumed consent laws on organ donations (with Jean Liu, Boyu Lu Zhao, and Clin Lai)

Underreporting turnout in surveys: how can we use it to improve inference.

How Economic Conditions Can Change Cultural Institutions: Eating Habits pre- and post- Civil War in Spain



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