Social Identity and Voter Turnout

37 Pages Posted: 7 Jul 2008

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Avi Ben-Bassat

Hebrew University of Jerusalem - Department of Economics

Momi Dahan

Hebrew University of Jerusalem - School of Public Policy; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Date Written: June 2008

Abstract

This paper uses the unique social structure of Arab communities to examine the effect of social identity on voter turnout. We first show that voters are more likely to vote for a candidate who shares their social group (signified by last name) as compared to other candidates. Using last name as a measure of group affiliation, we find an inverted U-shaped relationship between group size and voter turnout which is consistent with theoretical models that reconcile the paradox of voting by incorporating groups behavior.

Keywords: voter turnout, paradox of voting, social identity, local elections

JEL Classification: H0, D70, D72

Suggested Citation

Ben-Bassat, Avi and Dahan, Momi, Social Identity and Voter Turnout (June 2008). CESifo Working Paper Series No. 2331; Public Choice, Vol. 151, No. 1, pp. 93-214, 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1156263

Avi Ben-Bassat

Hebrew University of Jerusalem - Department of Economics ( email )

Mount Scopus
Jerusalem, 91905
Israel

Momi Dahan (Contact Author)

Hebrew University of Jerusalem - School of Public Policy ( email )

Mount Scopus
Jerusalem 91905
Israel
972-2-5883709 (Phone)
972-2-5880047 (Fax)

CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Poschinger Str. 5
Munich, DE-81679
Germany

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