Is Information Power? Using Mobile Phones and Free Newspapers during an Election in Mozambique

  title={Is Information Power? Using Mobile Phones and Free Newspapers during an Election in Mozambique},
  author={Jenny Aker and Paul A. Collier and Pedro C. Vicente},
  journal={Review of Economics and Statistics},
Abstract African elections often reveal low levels of political accountability. We assess different forms of voter education during an election in Mozambique. Three interventions providing information to voters and calling for their participation were randomized: an information campaign using SMS, an SMS hotline for electoral misconduct, and the distribution of a free newspaper. To measure impact, we look at official electoral results, reports by electoral observers, and behavioral and survey… 

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