Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/223531
Authors: 
Hager, Anselm
Hensel, Lukas
Hermle, Johannes
Roth, Christopher
Year of Publication: 
2020
Series/Report no.: 
CESifo Working Paper No. 8459
Abstract: 
How does a citizen’s decision to participate in political activism depend on the participation of others? We conduct a nation-wide natural field experiment in collaboration with a major European party during a recent national election. In a seemingly unrelated survey, we randomly provide canvassers with true information about the canvassing intentions of their peers. When learning that more peers participate in canvassing than previously believed, canvassers significantly reduce both their canvassing intentions and behavior as measured through a smartphone application. Treatment effects are larger for supporters with weaker social ties to the party and for supporters with higher career concerns within the party.
Subjects: 
political activism
natural field experiment
strategic behaviour
beliefs
JEL: 
D80
P16
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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