The economics of buying votes

Here are some questions in applied economics for my current and former students.

For current students, a good answer merits extra credit for the final grade.  For former students, the same gets him/her dinner for two at the restaurant of his/her choice in Dumaguete.  No kidding. This contest ends on May 10, 2010.

  1. When will buying votes become more prevalent? What about selling votes?
  2. How does a vote buyer ensure that he gets the vote he “paid for”?
  3. Why does the price of “bought” votes range from P50 to P1,500?
  4. Can buying votes be set up as a profitable “business”?  If so, how?

Answers may be sent through comments on this blog, or to me by e-mail.


2 thoughts on “The economics of buying votes

  1. I am appalled, that you as an educator, would even encourage your students to waste their beautiful minds on such thoughts as the economics of buying and selling votes, something that you very well know is illegal. If you want to make a mockery of our electorate system, please leave our children out of it. And to think you even provide a prize as an incentive! Shame on you, professor.


    1. Mockery schmockery. It’s ok to analyze illegal transactions from an academic perspective. You’re welcome to join the discussion, but it is with regret please to inform that the prize is limited only to my students.

      The mockery is the vote buying, the use of celebrities as endorsers, the practice of manual (or perhaps digital) dagdag-bawas, etc. Perhaps good answers to the questions will also generate good answers to how to foil or prevent the buying of votes. And in the process, I do challenge my students to think and not to accept the “we are all holy merry jolly gentle men of this benighted and blessed country” idea that you want to convey.

      Another mocking bird trick is astroturf. Hmmm…


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