|Appears in Collections:||Economics Working Papers|
|Title:||E-Lections: Voting Behavior and the Internet|
|Citation:||Falck O, Gold R & Heblich S (2012) E-Lections: Voting Behavior and the Internet. IZA Discussion Paper, 6545. The Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).|
|Publisher:||The Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)|
|Series/Report no.:||IZA Discussion Paper, 6545|
|Abstract:||This paper analyses the effect of information disseminated by the Internet on voting behavior. We address endogeneity in Internet availability by exploiting regional and technological peculiarities of the preexisting voice telephony network that hinder the roll-out of fixed-line broadband infrastructure for high-speed Internet. We find small negative effects of Internet availability on voter turnout, and no evidence that the Internet systematically benefits single parties. Robustness tests including placebo estimations from the pre-Internet era confirm our results. We relate differences in the Internet effect between national and local elections to a crowding out of national but not local newspapers.|
|Type:||Working or Discussion Paper|
|Rights:||Publisher allows this work to be made available in this repository. Published as IZA Discussion Paper No. 6545, May 2012, by IZA. Original publication is available at: http://www.iza.org/en/webcontent/publications/papers/viewAbstract?dp_id=6545|
|Affiliation:||Ifo Institute for Economic Research, Germany|
Max Planck Institute of Economics
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