Voting with One's Neighbors: Evidence from Migration within Mexico

44 Pages Posted: 18 Feb 2021

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Frederico Finan

University of California, Berkeley

Enrique Seira

Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) - Centro de Investigacion Economica

Alberto Simpser

ITAM

Date Written: November 1, 2020

Abstract

We study how proximate neighbors affect one’s propensity to vote using data on 12 million registered voters in Mexico. To identify this effect, we exploit idiosyncratic variation at the neighborhood block level resulting from approximately one million relocation decisions. We find that when individuals move to blocks where people vote more (less) they themselves start voting more (less). We show that this finding is not the result of selection into neighborhoods or of place-based factors that determine turnout, but rather peer effects. Consistent with this claim, we find a contagion effect for non-movers and show that neighbors from the same block are much more likely to perform an electoral procedure on the same exact day as neighbors who live on different blocks within a neighborhood.

Keywords: neighborhoods, peer effects, voter registration, voting in developing countries, turnout

JEL Classification: D72, Z10, J15, O15

Suggested Citation

Finan, Frederico and Seira, Enrique and Simpser, Alberto, Voting with One's Neighbors: Evidence from Migration within Mexico (November 1, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3760669 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3760669

Frederico Finan

University of California, Berkeley ( email )

310 Barrows Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720
United States

Enrique Seira

Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) - Centro de Investigacion Economica ( email )

Av. Camino a Santa Teresa #930
Col. Heroes de Padierna
Mexico City, D.F. 10370
Mexico

Alberto Simpser (Contact Author)

ITAM ( email )

Rio Hondo 1
Mexico City, CDMX 01080
Mexico
+525556284000 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://www.albertosimpser.com

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