Social Networks and Voting

17 Pages Posted: 24 Nov 2011

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Mitchell Hoffman

University of Toronto - Rotman School of Management; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Gianmarco Leon

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: October 2011

Abstract

This paper uses a randomized experiment to study whether social networks affect vote choice. In a fiercely contested presidential election in Peru with ten candidates, only 35% of subjects were aware how their friends intended to vote. We compare people who were randomly informed how one of their friends intended to vote to people who were randomly informed how an un-named stranger intended to vote. We find no evidence that informing people people how their friends intended to vote affects their vote choice.

Keywords: Social networks, Voting, Social learning

JEL Classification: D03, D72, D83, D85, O20, O54

Suggested Citation

Hoffman, Mitchell and Leon, Gianmarco, Social Networks and Voting (October 2011). NET Institute Working Paper No. 11-08, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1952752 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1952752

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Gianmarco Leon

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