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Do Voters Vote in Line with their Policy Preferences?: The Role of Information
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economics, Uppsala Center for Fiscal Studies.
2014 (English)In: CESifo Economic Studies, ISSN 1610-241X, E-ISSN 1612-7501, Vol. 60, no 4, p. 681-721Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this article, I investigate how political information affects voting behavior. Specifically, I test (i) if more informed voters are more likely to vote for their closest politicians; and (ii) if this translates into a bias on the aggregate level. To do so, I use a set of Swedish individual survey data on the preferences for local public services of both politicians and voters, which provides an opportunity to investigate how information affects voters’ ability to match their preferences with those of their politicians. The results indicate that more informed voters are more likely to vote for politicians with similar preferences for local public services and, on the aggregate level, that the left-wing parties would have received 1–3 percentage points fewer votes if all voters had been equally well-informed.

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2014. Vol. 60, no 4, p. 681-721
Keywords [en]
voting behavior, information, vote aggregation
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Economics
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Economics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-221236DOI: 10.1093/cesifo/ifu012ISI: 000345841100002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-221236DiVA, id: diva2:708157
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Voters, Politicians and Economic Policy
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Swedish Research Council, 217531001Available from: 2014-03-26 Created: 2014-03-26 Last updated: 2017-12-05Bibliographically approved

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