Citizen Candidates in a Lab

Published in Working Paper, 2021

Recommended citation: Elbittar, Gomberg, Trujano-Ochoa. (2021). "Citizen Candidates in a Lab." Working Paper.

We present results of a lab experimental study of candidate entry in a citizencandidate environment under plurality and run-off electoral systems, varying both entry costs and ideal points of the potential candidates. The comparative predictions of the citizen-candidate model are shown to hold; however, subjects exhibit substantial degree of over-entry from electorally disadvantaged positions.

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