The Effect of Information on Voter Turnout: Evidence from a Natural Experiment

@article{Lassen2004TheEO,
  title={The Effect of Information on Voter Turnout: Evidence from a Natural Experiment},
  author={David Dreyer Lassen},
  journal={Public Economics eJournal},
  year={2004}
}
  • D. Lassen
  • Published 1 January 2004
  • Economics
  • Public Economics eJournal
Do better informed people vote more? Recent theories of voter turnout emphasize a positive effect of being informed on the propensity to vote, but the possibility of endogenous information acquisition makes estimation of causal effects difficult. I estimate the causal effects of being informed on voter turnout using unique data from a natural experiment Copenhagen referendum on decentralization of the city administration into fifteen city district councils. Four districts carried out a pilot… 
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