Montreal Voting Experiment Workshop

On March 28 and 29, we held at the University of Montreal a two-day workshop specifically dedicated to voting experiments. This workshop, organized within the Making Electoral Democracy Work project, aimed at presenting latest laboratory, field and survey experiments related to elections. With 36 papers presented and about 70 participants from the US, the UK, Canada, Germany, France, Spain, Sweden, and the Netherlands, the workshop was a huge success.

Below you’ll find the full-program of this workshop.

Program: March 28

Panel 1: Voter reaction to number of candidates/Polarization

Chair: Konstantin Vossing (Harvard University)
Discussant: Elisabeth Gidengil (McGill University)

  • Candidate extremity, information environments, and political polarization: Three experiments in a dynamic process tracing environment
    Mona S. Kleinberg (Rutgers University)
    Richard R. Lau (Rutgers University)
  • Choice difficulty and the compromise effect in candidate choice
    Renan Levine (University of Toronto, Scarborough)
  • Party voices and citizen efficacy: An experimental study
    Fred Cutler (University of British Columbia)
    Paul J. Quirk (University of British Columbia)
    Benjamin Nyblade (University of British Columbia)
  • More is less (representation): Choice set size, information acquisition, and correct voting in multimember districts
    Saul Cunow (University of California, San Diego)

Panel 2: Accountability/responsibility/fraud

Chair: André Blais (University of Montreal)
Discussant: Elizabeth Zechmeister (Vanderbilt University)

  • The winner takes it all? Revisiting the micro foundations of the incumbency advantage
    Catherine De Vries (University of Oxford)
    Sara Hobolt (London School of Economics)
    Hector Solaz (University of Birmingham)
  • Protecting the polls: The effect of observers on election fraud
    Joseph Asunka (University of California, Los Angeles)
    Sarah Brierley (University of California, Los Angeles)
    Miriam Golden (University of California, Los Angeles)
    Eric Kramon (University of California, Los Angeles)
    George Ofosu (University of California, Los Angeles)
  • Pivotal decision maker, agenda power and collective responsibility attribution
    Raymond Duch (University of Oxford)
    Randy Stevenson (Rice University)
  • Policy deliberation and voting behavior: A campaign experiment in the Philippines
    Thomas Fujiwara (Princeton University)
    Daniel Rubenson (Ryerson University)
    Gabriel Lopez Moctezuma Jassan (Princeton University)
    Leonard Wantchekon (Princeton University)
    Cecilia Lero (University of Notre Dame)
  • Greater expectations: A field experiment to improve democratic accountability in Mali
    Jessica Gottlieb (Texas A&M University)

Panel 3: Effects of Polls on Turnout and Voting Decision

Chair: Henry Milner (University of Montreal)
Discussant: Aina Gallego (Institute of Public Goods and Policy)

  • Expectation and voter turnout
    Rafael Hortala-Vallve (London School of Economics)
    André Blais (University of Montreal)
  • Experiments on the effects of opinion polls and implications for laws banning pre-election polls
    Shaun Bowler (University of California, Riverside)
    Todd Donovan (Western Washington University)
  • Getting out the vote: Information and voting behavior
    Yi-Yi Chen (Washington University in St. Louis)
  • How twittered exit polls can shape electoral outcomes under PR systems with electoral thresholds
    Thorsten Faas (Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz)
    Sascha Huber (University of Mannheim)
  • An experimental analysis of the impact of campaign polls on electoral information seeking
    Jason Roy (Wilfried Laurier University)
    Shane Singh (University of Georgia)
    Blake Andrew (Montreal)
    Patrick Fournier (University of Montreal)

Panel 4: Methodology

Chair: Philipp Harfst (University of Greifswald)
Discussant: Noam Lupu (University of Winsconsin, Madison)

  • Examining the (potential) sampling bias in laboratory voting experiments
    Damien Bol (University of Montreal)
    Simon Labbé St-Vincent (University of Montreal)
    Jean-Michel Lavoie (University of Montreal)
  • Individual behavior under evaluative voting: A comparison between laboratory and In Situ experiments
    Herrade Igersheim (University of Strasbourg)
    Antoinette Baujard (University Jean Monnet)
    Frédéric Gavrel (University of Caen Basse-Normandie)
    Jean-François Laslier (Paris School of Economics)
    Isabelle Lebon (University of Caen Basse-Normandie)
  • Through the polling booth curtain – a visual experiment on citizens’ behavior inside the polling booth
    Michael Bruter (London School of Economics)
    Sarah Harrison (London School of Economics)
  • Patterns of strategic voting in run-off elections
    Karine Van der Straeten (Toulouse School of Economics)
    Jean François Laslier (Paris School of Economics)
    André Blais (University of Montreal)

Program: March 29

Panel 5: Strategic voting

Chair: Bill Cross (Carleton University)
Discussant: Dominik Duell (New York University)

  • Strategic voting and personality traits
    Cengiz Erisen (TOBB University)
    André Blais (University of Montreal)
  • Strategic voting, proportional representation, and coalition governments: A laboratory experiment
    Michael F. Meffert (University of Leiden)
    Thomas Gschwend (University of Mannheim)
  • Simultaneous analysis of turnout and voting under proportional representation: Theory and experiments
    Aaron Kamm (University of Amsterdam)
    Arthur Schram (University of Amsterdam)
  • The structural determinants of strategic voting
    Mark W. Petersen (Bethany College)
    Matthew S. Dabros (Western Connecticut State University)
    Suzanne L. Parker (Purdue University)
  • Thresholds, expectations and coordination: A lab experimental study of strategic voting
    Annika Fredén (Lund University)

Panel 6: Deciding Correctly/Voter information

Chair: Damien Bol (University of Montreal)
Discussant: Richard Lau (Rutgers University)

  • Deciding correctly: Variance in the effective use of party cues
    Jennifer L. Merolla (Claremont Graduate University)
    Laura B. Stephenson (University of Western Ontario)
    Elizabeth J. Zechmeister (Vanderbilt University)
  • Information acquisition and voting mechanisms: Theory and evidence
    Sourav Bhattacharya (University of Pittsburgh)
    John Duffy (University of Pittsburgh)
    Kim Sun-Tak (National Taiwan University)
  • Hide or seek: An experimental study of the effects of evading and acquiring information on voting behavior
    Konstantin Vossing (Harvard University)
    Till Weber (City University of New York)
  • The secret ballot and ethical voting
    Rebecca B. Morton (New York University)
    Kai Ou (New York University)

Panel 7: Voter reaction to mobilization and communication techniques

Chair: Marc-André Bodet (Laval University)
Discussant: Shane Singh (University of Georgia)

  • Why does political mobilization work? The role of norms and reciprocity: Theory and experiment
    Pedro Robalo (University of Amsterdam)
  • Isolating the effects of electoral participation on political trust
    Victoria Shineman (University of Pittsburg)
  • Why do words matter? Effects of emotive and vague words on voters’ interpretation and evaluation of intentions with election pledges
    Elina Lindgren (University of Gothenburg)
  • Changing issue ownership through priority signaling: An experimental approach
    Johan Martinsson (University of Gothenburg)
    Stefan Dahlberg (University of Gothenburg)
  • The effects of voter ID notification on voter turnout: Results from a large-scale field experiment
    Jack Citrin (University of California, Berkeley)
    Donald P. Green (Columbia University)
    Morris Levy (University of California, Berkeley)

Panel 8: Selection of voting rules/Comparison of voting rules

Chair: Patrick Fournier (University of Montreal)
Discussant: Shaun Bowler (University of California, Riverside)

  • Beware of politicians seeking to change voting rules: An experimental analysis of voting rule selection
    Kaisa Herne (University of Turku)
    Ryan Kendall (University of Southern California)
    Maria Maunula (University of Turku)
    Katri Sieberg (University of Tampere)
  • Choosing voting systems behind the veil of ignorance: A two-tier voting experiment
    Matthias Weber (University of Amsterdam)
  • Candidate entry under plurality and majority runoff
    Damien Bol (University of Montreal)
    André Blais (University of Montreal)
    Jean-François Laslier (Paris School of Economics)
  • To vote or to abstain? An experimental test of rational calculus in first past the post and PR elections
    André Blais (University of Montreal)
    Jean-Benoit Pilet (University of Brussels, ULB)
    Karine Van der Straeten (Toulouse School of Economics)
    Jean-François Laslier (Paris School of Economics)
    Maxime Héroux-Legault (University of Toronto)

Program chairs

  • André Blais (University of Montreal)
  • Jean-François Laslier (Paris School of Economics)
  • Karine Van Der Straeten (Toulouse School of Economics)


Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship (CSDC)
Centre d’Etudes en Recherches Internationales (CERIUM)
Center for Interuniversity Research and Analysis of Organization (CIRANO)

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