Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/26376
Authors: 
Ben-Bassat, Avi
Dahan, Momi
Year of Publication: 
2008
Series/Report no.: 
CESifo working paper 2331
Abstract: 
This paper uses the unique social structure of Arab communities to examine the effect of social identity on voter turnout. We first show that voters are more likely to vote for a candidate who shares their social group (signified by last name) as compared to other candidates. Using last name as a measure of group affiliation, we find an inverted U-shaped relationship between group size and voter turnout which is consistent with theoretical models that reconcile the paradox of voting by incorporating groups behavior.
Subjects: 
Voter turnout
paradox of voting
social identity
local elections
JEL: 
H0
D70
D72
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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