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Estimating the causal effects of policy information on voter turnout: An Internet based randomized field experiment in Japan

Horiuchi, Yusaku; Imai, Kosuke; Taniguchi, Naoko


Political scientists since Anthony Downs (1957) have hypothesized that more policy information leads to a higher voter turnout. To empirically test this hypothesis, we conducted an Internet-based randomized field experiment during Japan’s 2004 Upper House election. Japan’s 2004 election is ideal for testing our hypothesis because political parties prepared formal “manifestos” that include proposals for major policy issues. We find that voters are less likely to abstain when they receive policy...[Show more]

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Date published: 2005
Type: Working/Technical Paper


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