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Urbanization Patterns, Information Diffusion and Female Voting in Rural Paraguay

Alberto Chong (), Le�n, Gianmarco, Vivian Roza, Martín Valdivia () and Gabriela Vega

No 12516, CEPR Discussion Papers from C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers

Abstract: We use a field experiment to evaluate the impact of two informational get-out-the-vote (GOTV) campaigns to boost female electoral participation in Paraguay. We find that public rallies have no effect either on registration or on voter turnout in the 2013 presidential elections. However, households that received door-to-door (D2D) treatment are 4.6 percentage points more likely to vote. Experimental variation on the intensity of the treatment at the locality level allows us to estimate spillover effects, which are present in localities that are geographically more concentrated, and thus may favor social interactions. Reinforcement effects to the already treated population are twice as large as diffusion to the untreated. Our results underscore the importance of taking into account urbanization patterns when designing informational campaigns.

Keywords: Electoral Politics; Paraguay; spillover effects; Urbanization; Voter Behavior (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D71 D72 O10 O53 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cdm, nep-exp and nep-pol
Date: 2017-12
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