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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 how their friends intended to vote affects their vote choice.

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Paper provided by NET Institute in its series Working Papers with number 11-08.

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Length: 17 pages
Date of creation: Nov 2011
Date of revision: Nov 2011
Handle: RePEc:net:wpaper:1108

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Keywords: Social networks; Voting; Social learning;

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  1. Hongbin Cai & Yuyu Chen & Hanming Fang, 2007. "Observational Learning: Evidence from a Randomized Natural Field Experiment," NBER Working Papers 13516, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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