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Title: E-Lections: Voting Behavior and the Internet
Author(s): 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. IZA Discussion Paper, 6545.
Keywords: elections
political economy
instrumental variables
mass media
JEL Code(s): D72: Political Processes: Rent-seeking, Lobbying, Elections, Legislatures, and Voting Behavior
C50: Econometric Modeling: General
L86: Information and Internet Services; Computer Software
Issue Date: 31-May-2012
Date Deposited: 11-Feb-2013
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 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:
Affiliation: Ifo Institute for Economic Research, Germany
Max Planck Institute of Economics

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