Ana De La O Torres, PhD

  • Associate Professor of Political Science and in the Institution for Social and Policy Studies
  • PhD, M.I.T., 2007
  • Do Poverty Relief Funds A_ect Electoral Behavior? Evidence from a Randomized Experiment in Mexico” Presented at the MIT Political Science Work in Progress Colloquium, October 2006, ISPS faculty workshop at Yale University, September 2007, and Field Experiments in Comparative Politics and Policy, Manchester, July 2008.
  • Does Religion Distract the Poor? Income and Issue Voting around theWorld" (with Jonathan Rodden) Comparative Political Studies , 2008 41: 437-476
International activities
  • The Effects of Exposing Corruption on Electoral Outcomes
    Mexico (2009-Present)
    Experimental evidence that information about copious corruption decreases incumbent support in local elections in Mexico, decreases voter turnout, and erodes voters' identification with the party of the corrupt incumbent.

    Inter-American Development Bank, Innovations for Poverty Action, Inter-American Development Bank, Innovations for Poverty Action

  • The effect of Media-Driven Political Interest on Political Attitudes and Behavior
    Switzerland (2008-2010)
    Media-driven political interest increases the length of time individuals use to make their vote decisions, decreases partisanship, and increases self-reported and actual turnout.

  • Conditional Cash Transfers and Electoral Behavior
    Mexico (1994-2000)
    Experimental data show that early enrollment in Progresa led to substantive increases in voter turnout and in the incumbent's vote share in the 2000 presidential election in Mexico. Opposition parties' vote shares were unaffected by the program. URL:

    Progresa, Progresa

French, Spanish