Assessing the Effects of Friend-to-Friend Texting onTurnout in the 2018 US Midterm Elections

  title={Assessing the Effects of Friend-to-Friend Texting onTurnout in the 2018 US Midterm Elections},
  author={Aaron Schein and Keyon Vafa and Dhanya Sridhar and Victor Veitch and Jeffrey M. Quinn and James Moffet and David M. Blei and Donald P. Green},
  journal={Proceedings of the Web Conference 2021},
Recent mobile app technology lets people systematize the process of messaging their friends to urge them to vote. Prior to the most recent US midterm elections in 2018, the mobile app Outvote randomized an aspect of their system, hoping to unobtrusively assess the causal effect of their users’ messages on voter turnout. However, properly assessing this causal effect is hindered by multiple statistical challenges, including attenuation bias due to mismeasurement of subjects’ outcomes and low… 
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