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Jørgen Elklit

Ballot position and election results: New evidence from a natural experiment

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Ballot position and election results : New evidence from a natural experiment. / Blom-Hansen, Jens; Elklit, Jørgen; Serritzlew, Søren.

I: Electoral Studies, Bind 74, 102409, 12.2021.

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abstract = "It is well-known that candidates listed first on the ballot paper tend to receive more votes than other candidates. However, experimental studies that confirm this truism mostly stem from first-past-the-post systems. Do we also find ballot position effects in PR systems where voters may vote for a party instead of a specific candidate? We investigate a natural experiment in Danish national elections involving more than 9,000 candidates on almost 100 different ballot papers. Our findings show that ballot positions, indeed, have a causal effect on election results in PR systems. Since Danish national elections constitute a least-likely case, our findings indicate that ballot position effects are much more empirically relevant than suggested by existing research.",
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