Monitoring Bureaucratic Compliance: Using Field Experiments to Improve Governance

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Butler, Daniel M. (2010) Replication Materials for: ‘Monitoring Bureaucratic Compliance: Using Field Experiments to Improve Governance,’ ISPS Data Archive.


Daniel Butler

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Field date: 
October 1, 2008
Field Date: 
2008-10 - 2009-06
Location details: 
United States - KY
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Sample size: 
Kentucky’s 120 counties
Randomization procedure: 
Due to the small sample size we matched counties into pairs that closely mirrored each other in terms of a number of characteristics (including number of high schools in the county, previous registration rates in the county, and county population), and then randomized within each pair which county would be part of the treatment group and which would be part of the control group. We randomized at the county level because the county boundaries in Kentucky cleanly identify the jurisdictions of both the high school principals and country clerks we studied.
The interest group we worked with sent a letter to each of the high school principals and county clerks in the treatment counties in January 2009. These letters outlined the existing law and then suggested that the interest group would try to audit their compliance with the statute and then make those results public to the local media.
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Outcome measures: 
Number of student aged individual who registered to vote
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