Prof. Elaine Denny's paper "Calling Mogadishu: How Reminders of Anarchy Bias Survey Participation" has just been published in the Journal of Experimental Political Science. Congratulations to Prof. Denny and her coauthor!
The paper explores how the fear of anarchy affects telephone survey behaviors. The authors use a survey experiment that randomized reminders of anarchic violence on a sample of Mogadishu residents, and validate their results with a natural experiment. They find that reminders of anarchic violence differentially affect survey participation conditional on subjects’ background level of security and welfare. Those who are most vulnerable are more likely to refuse to provide sensitive survey information after reminders of anarchy.