The Voting Paradox and Social Networks: An Empirical Analysis

29 Pages Posted: 6 Mar 2009

See all articles by Joao Amaro de Matos

Joao Amaro de Matos

Nova School of Business and Economics

Pedro P. Barros

Universidade Nova de Lisboa

Inacia Pacheco Pereira

Faculdade de Economia, Universidade Nova de Lisboa

Date Written: March 6, 2009

Abstract

The level of abstention in elections has been increasing over the years in the majority of democratic countries, whether compulsory voting exists or not. We provide empirical evidence for the role of social networks as a main factor of influence in the turnout of an election. More intense social networks and wider social networks are associated with a lower abstention rate.

Keywords: abstention, social networks

JEL Classification: D72

Suggested Citation

Amaro de Matos, Joao and Pita Barros, Pedro Luis and Pereira, Inacia Pacheco, The Voting Paradox and Social Networks: An Empirical Analysis (March 6, 2009). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1354790 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1354790

Joao Amaro de Matos

Nova School of Business and Economics ( email )

Campus de Campolide
Lisbon, 1099-038
Portugal

HOME PAGE: http://docentes.fe.unl.pt/~amatos

Pedro Luis Pita Barros (Contact Author)

Universidade Nova de Lisboa ( email )

Campus de Campolide
Lisboa, 1099-032
Portugal
+351 21 383 3624 (Phone)
+351 21 388 6073 (Fax)

HOME PAGE: http://ppbarros.fe.unl.pt

Inacia Pacheco Pereira

Faculdade de Economia, Universidade Nova de Lisboa ( email )

Campus de Campolide
Lisboa, 1099-032
Portugal

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