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Turnout, Political Preferences and Information: Experimental Evidence from Peru

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  • Gianmarco León

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I combine a field experiment with a change in voting laws reducing the fine for abstention to assess the effect of monetary incentives to encourage voter participation. I estimate that the elasticity of voting with respect to the cost is -0.21. As predicted by the model, the reduction in turnout is driven by centrist voters, those who hold less political information, and are less interested in politics. The increase in abstention does not change preferences for specific policies, on average, or lower information acquisition. Finally, the incidence of vote buying is unaffected, but the price of a vote increases.

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Paper provided by Barcelona Graduate School of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 691.

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Keywords: voting behavior; incentives to vote; public choice; Peru;

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