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Interpersonal Influence Regarding the Decision to Vote Within Mozambican Households

  • Ana Silvia de Matos Vas
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    Voter education is crucial to promote voters' participation.� The question that remains is how voter education campaigns can reach a significant part of the population.� During the 2009 Mozambican elections, a field experiment implemented three voter education interventions: the distribution of a free newspaper, the creation of a SMS hotline to report electoral problems, and a civic education campaign.� Based on a sample of untreated individuals living with experimental subjects, this paper examines the diffusion of the interventions' effects within the household.� I find different spillover effects associated with different interventions and interpret that as evidence that different interventions trigger influence at different levels.� I find that the delivery of the newspaper has almost no effect on the other people in the household.� The hotline intervention affects the preferences and behavior of the other individuals, but not their information.� Finally, the civic education campaign only affects the behavior of other people in the household.� This paper shows that the transmission of voter education campaigns' effects does not occur through information sharing, but through sharing of opinions and pressure.� Furthermore, this study provides statistical evidence that social control increases voter turnout.

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    Date of creation: 11 Sep 2012
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