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Texas A&M University
democratic accountability, voting behavior, gender, clientelism
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About Me
I research democratic accountability in poor countries using field experiments, behavioral games and surveys.  My current work explores the implications of clientelism and bloc voting for accountability, voter preferences and strategic coordination in voting, and determinants of the gender gap in participation in Africa.  An earlier project demonstrates how low voter expectations, collusion among political parties, and discriminatory gender norms together undermine electoral accountability in Mali, where I implemented a large-scale field experiment to better understand the effects on governance of improving civic information.
Recent Publications
Gottlieb, Jessica. 2016. “Greater Expectations? A Field Experiment to Improve Accountability in Mali.” American Journal of Political Science 60(1): 143-157. PDFDataverse.
Gottlieb, Jessica, Guy Grossman and Amanda Robinson. 2016. “Do Men and Women Have Different Policy Preferences in Africa? Determinants and Implications of Gender Gaps in Policy Prioritization.” British Journal of Political Science.  PDF.

Gottlieb, Jessica. 2015. “The Logic of Party Collusion in a Democracy: Evidence from Mali.” World Politics 67(1): 1-36. PDF.

Gottlieb, Jessica. 2015. “Common Knowledge and Voter Coordination: Experimental Evidence from Mali.” In Voting Experiments, ed. André Blais, Jean-François Laslier, and Karine Van der Straeten. New York: Springer Press. PDF.
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Mali, Senegal, Benin

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