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Peer Review Status: Unrefereed
Title: E-Lections: Voting Behavior and the Internet
Authors: Falck, Oliver
Gold, Robert
Heblich, Stephan
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Citation: Falck O, Gold R & Heblich S (2012) E-Lections: Voting Behavior and the Internet. Stirling Economics Discussion Papers, 2012-07. Stirling Management School.
Keywords: Elections
Political Economy
Instrumental Variables
Mass Media
JEL Code(s): D72
Issue Date: Apr-2012
Publisher: Stirling Management School
Series/Report no.: Stirling Economics Discussion Papers, 2012-07
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
Affiliation: Ifo Institute for Economic Research, Germany
Max Planck Institute of Economics

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