You are not currently logged in.
Access JSTOR through your library or other institution:
If You Use a Screen ReaderThis content is available through Read Online (Free) program, which relies on page scans. Since scans are not currently available to screen readers, please contact JSTOR User Support for access. We'll provide a PDF copy for your screen reader.
The Effect of Information on Voter Turnout: Evidence from a Natural Experiment
David Dreyer Lassen
American Journal of Political Science
Vol. 49, No. 1 (Jan., 2005), pp. 103-118
Published by: Midwest Political Science Association
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3647716
Page Count: 16
You can always find the topics here!Topics: Voting, Voter turnout, Referendums, City districts, Voter registration, Voting behavior, Cities, Natural experiments, Statistical estimation, Education
Were these topics helpful?See somethings inaccurate? Let us know!
Select the topics that are inaccurate.
Since scans are not currently available to screen readers, please contact JSTOR User Support for access. We'll provide a PDF copy for your screen reader.
Preview not available
Do better-informed people vote more? Recent formal theories of voter turnout emphasize a positive effect of being informed on the propensity to vote, but the possibility of endogenous information acquisition makes estimation of causal effects difficult. I estimate the causal effects of being informed on voter turnout using unique data from a natural experiment Copenhagen referendum on decentralization. Four of fifteen districts carried out a pilot project, exogenously making pilot city district voters more informed about the effects of decentralization. Empirical estimates based on survey data confirm a sizeable and statistically significant causal effect of being informed on the propensity to vote.
American Journal of Political Science © 2005 Midwest Political Science Association