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Do anti-poverty programs sway voters? : Experimental evidence from Uganda

Author: Christopher Blattman; Mathilde Emeriau; Nathan Fiala; National Bureau of Economic Research,
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : National Bureau of Economic Research, 2017.
Series: Working paper series (National Bureau of Economic Research), no. 23035.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A Ugandan government program allowed groups of young people to submit proposals to start skilled enterprises. Among 535 eligible proposals, the government randomly selected 265 to receive grants of nearly $400 per person. Blattman et al. (2014) showed that, after four years, the program raised employment by 17% and earnings 38%. This paper shows that, rather than rewarding the government in elections, beneficiaries  Read more...
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Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Christopher Blattman; Mathilde Emeriau; Nathan Fiala; National Bureau of Economic Research,
OCLC Number: 968791102
Notes: "January 2017"
Description: 1 online resource (41, xvii pages) : illustrations, map.
Series Title: Working paper series (National Bureau of Economic Research), no. 23035.
Responsibility: Christopher Blattman, Mathilde Emeriau, Nathan Fiala.

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A Ugandan government program allowed groups of young people to submit proposals to start skilled enterprises. Among 535 eligible proposals, the government randomly selected 265 to receive grants of nearly $400 per person. Blattman et al. (2014) showed that, after four years, the program raised employment by 17% and earnings 38%. This paper shows that, rather than rewarding the government in elections, beneficiaries increased opposition party membership, campaigning, and voting. Higher incomes are associated with opposition support, and we hypothesize that financial independence frees the poor to express political preferences publicly, being less reliant on patronage and other political transfers.

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