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Social Networks and Voting

Mitchell Hoffman and Gianmarco Leon ()
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Gianmarco Leon: Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, UC Berkeley

No 11-08, Working Papers from NET Institute

Abstract: This paper uses a randomized experiment to study whether social networks affect vote choice. In a fiercely contested presidential election in Peru with ten candidates, only 35% of subjects were aware how their friends intended to vote. We compare people who were randomly informed how one of their friends intended to vote to people who were randomly informed how an un-named stranger intended to vote. We find no evidence that informing people how their friends intended to vote affects their vote choice.

Keywords: Social networks; Voting; Social learning (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 17 pages
Date: 2011-11, Revised 2011-11
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