The Voting Paradox and Social Networks: An Empirical Analysis
29 Pages Posted: 6 Mar 2009
Date Written: March 6, 2009
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
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